Michael first held a paintbrush at the age of 18 and knew he had found his calling. After studying privately under David A Leffel, Michael moved his studio to Los Angeles, where he now works as an artist and is a highly sought-after instructor.
Known now for his still-life, portraiture, and figure painting, Michael uses a dramatic “chiaroscuro” (or “light-and-shadow”) approach to create powerful and moving paintings. In 2011 Michael became the youngest artist on the roster of Spanierman Gallery in NYC. His works have been shown at numerous international exhibitions, and have been collected throughout the world. Michael currently teaches workshops all over the world, including the Art Students League of New York and an annual workshop in Paris, and lectures at museums on Dutch Master techniques.