Michael has worked as a commercial artist for over forty years. The last thirty-six years of that has been as a full-time freelance illustrator. For the first 10 years of freelancing, he worked in a variety of styles and mediums, but he gradually narrowed his focus to pen and ink and finally to scratchboard. His drawings have the look and feel of a woodcut.
Michael has worked for a long list of clients from all across the United States and around the world, and he works on a wide variety of assignments including editorial, advertising, branding, and packaging. Packaging and branding is his main focus, with wine and beer labels being the most frequent.
For the last three to four years, Michael has been making the transition to fine art. He still uses scratchboard for his original pieces, but he has added printmaking to his repertoire. Michael makes prints by woodcut, linocut, drypoint, screen printing, and etching.
Michael lives in Fenton, Missouri, and is a lifelong resident of Missouri.
As I make my way into the new arena of fine art, I intend to continue using scratchboard as my medium for doing original work, and scratchboard will also be a component in my printmaking endeavors. Now that I’m a fine artist and have the control of choosing my own subject matter, I expect to take scratchboard to a new level.