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A well known pastel artist living and working in the South West of England, Michael was born in 1943 in Clevedon, Somerset. After a career as a quantity surveyor, he retired to Exmouth. He has won a number of prizes at the Pastel society’s annual exhibitions and has exhibited widely in the United Kingdom, both in solo shows and with other artists. His first solo show was held at Martins in Cheltenham in 2000.
His preferred subject is the landscape, especially coastal views. His inland landscapes are quintessentially English.
He was elected to membership of the Pastel Society UK in 2007, and the South West Academy of Fine and Applied Arts in 2013.
Michael painted for many years in oils and watercolour before taking up pastels and was a member of the Birmingham Watercolour Society before moving to Devon. Having experimented with pastels for some years he began to appreciate how versatile they are, and now prefers them to any other medium. Most of his work is purely pastel, but he does occasionally combine pastes with watercolour or acrylic paint.
“I usually work from sketches made on site. I often take a colour chart, which I use to annotate my sketches with colour references. I also use a digital camera for back-up information, and for detail that I may have omitted to record at the time. I paint in soft pastel on either pumice paper, solid-core mountboard. I quite often make an underpainting in pastel by blocking in all the main areas of colour and then dragging the applied pastel down with the side of my hand over the whole picture area. This creates a ghostlike image, and also has the effect of unifying the colour. I sometimes draw out my subject in charcoal.”
Michael has won many awards including:
Award at the South West Academy of Arts (2004)
Sarah Samuels Fine Paintings prize at Pastel Society exhibition (2006)
Unison Pastels prize at Pastel Society exhibition (2007)
Bill Paterson Memorial prize at Pastel Society exhibition (2008)
Frank Herring prize at Pastel Society exhibition (2009)