Michael was born in 1972 and grew up in Franklin, WI. He received his BFA in painting and drawing from the University of Wisconsin—Whitewater in 1995. Currently, he works out of his studio in Delafield, WI. Michael’s experience includes a wide range of both commissioned and personal work. He has been a professional portrait artist since 1995 specializing in black and white pastel drawing that includes individual, family, and corporate commissions. In addition to selected exhibitions, Michael’s achievements include the portrait of Sharon Lynne Wilson for the Sharon Lynne Wilson Art Center in Brookfield, Wisconsin, the American Artist Magazine Portrait Drawing Competition winner in 2005, and the drawing award for the Lakefront Festival of Arts in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 2007.