Michael, like many professional artists, has been involved with art his entire life. A one time musician, graphic designer and art director, Michael came back to painting, his true love, about twelve years ago. Watercolor has always been his medium of choice, ever since studying under Irving Shapiro at the American Academy of Art in Chicago, IL. The medium of watercolor, Michael says, "is both delicate and dynamic. It is a cruel mistress." Michael has certainly mastered the medium and has learned many life lessons through doing it.
|Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville, FL|
Still his desire to work larger wasn’t completely resolved. So, he began making grids of 30-40 square boards for shows and found his audience giddy with the idea. So, why not go even bigger? After consulting with Andrea Pramuk, Marketing Director here at Ampersand, about the sizes available, Michael began ordering the largest panels he could get. He was buying 10 sheets at a time 4'x8'-- truckloads.
|St.Joseph, Mt.Sterling, KY|
|Elmhurst Memorial Hospital, Elmhurst, IL|
Since Michael's pieces are both beautiful and peaceful, they've been recommended to many hospitals across the country for waiting room areas. And, as the pieces do remarkably bring a sense of tranquility and beauty to an otherwise uncomfortable sitting, Michael is booked with commissions.
If you are enjoying Michael's work, check out his website to see more and find out about his workshops: www.irelandwatercolors.com
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