His gallery is your refrigerator and pantry. Odds are, you have something he painted sitting on your kitchen counter right now. With over twenty-five years experience, Michael has carved out a reputation for illustrations of a stylized realism that draw the eye with a skilled use of light, color, and tactile warmth. In 1982, Michael began freelancing for Source, Inc., a consultant firm that specializes in package design. There, he teamed with designers and art directors, doing concept illustrations in a variety of styles. With that experience as a foundation, he bridged into final illustration. After eight years of working exclusively for Source, he became independent from the studio and developed his own client base. By 1990, he began honing digital techniques based on all he had learned in traditional media.
Michael’s portfolio is focused on food and product illustration rendered in a variety of styles and techniques, including acrylic, watercolor, woodcut, and technical airbrush. Realism with warmth is a hallmark of his work. Clients often comment that his work does not have the artificial look of digital illustration but exudes the beauty of natural media. “The natural world has always inspired me to look deeper into what make’s things captivating. Historically artist’s & painters have endeavored to capture that glory what ever it is. I think thats what motivates me.” explains Michael.