Michael studied at Carlton University, Ontario College of Art and Design and The Banff Centre for the Arts. He has been involved in numerous art exhibitions in Calgary, Banff and Toronto. He has been a Banff-based artist since a landscape artist residency at The Banff Centre.
"I'm not sure why I prefer the image to the idea, that's just the way it is. When I moved out west I met other painters doing the same sort of thing I was doing. I was exposed to a type of context in painting that I liked, so I stayed."
Painting "gives me the kind of space that I need for my ideas or images to evolve. It tends to slow things down enough to suit my personality. Painting makes me more aware of the place I live and hopefully the world that I live in."