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Michael was born in Macclesfield, England, in January 1956 and emigrated to Australia with his family at the age of 12, he attended high school in NSW until 1971, he wanted to pursue an art career and worked in the printing industry for 12 months, but his father had “better ideas” and Michael started working with his father in the building industry where he stayed until 1984.
Michael joined the NSW Police Service in January 1985 and performed in many and varied positions. It was his stint as the District Community Relations Officer, in the Broken Hill District during 1988/89, where he met Pro Hart for the first time. This meeting had a profound effect on his life, Pro was his landlord, but the Hart family became more than that, Pro’s wife, Raylee, took on a motherly role and Pro was his mentor, during many evenings spent in the Hart studio’s, Michael was being encouraged to continue painting and exhibiting in Pro’s commercial gallery space, “The Ant Hill Gallery” as a result of this encouragement by Pro, Michaels paintings were getting recognized more and more.
At the end of 1989, Michael returned to Sydney’s west and in 1992 he became a Police Prosecutor and traveled extensively within the Police District and eventually back to his beloved Broken Hill, where he would arrive on a Saturday, for the start of the following working week, getting picked up from the airport by a fellow artist, great friend, Clark Barratt, then driving about 50 kilometres out of town and paint for the rest of the day, half the night and all day Sunday.
It was an accident during a high speed pursuit, early in 1992, which eventually ended his Police career in 1998, being pensioned off with a couple of herniated discs in the neck, after an operation, many months of physio’ and a battle with depression, he started painting again and moved back to Broken Hill.
Michael lived in Broken Hill for three years, gathered enough reference material to last a lifetime, then opened his own gallery in Tasmania, where he lived until 2003, he re-married and is now residing in Maroochydore, Queensland, but still paints the outback images he loves.
Michael’s paintings have found their way into many art collections around the world, Rolf Harris has two of Michael’s paintings, Pro Hart has got at least three, the ex NSW Premier, John Fahey has his portrait painted by Michael, as does Pro’s wife, Raylee, which he did for her 60th birthday. Other politicians in NSW have purchased Michael’s work, Peta Seaton, the member for the Southern Highlands has got one work on paper, as does Wal Murray, once Deputy Premier of NSW. Michael’s work has gone to America, Japan, United Kingdom, Malaysia, Singapore, New Zealand, Bali, China, Hong Kong, Italy, Greece. In Australia, Michael’s work can be found at the 'Tree Frog Gallery', Montville. 'Art on Argent', Broken Hill. "Gallery Beneath", Mooloolaba. "Horizon Gallery", Silverton

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Education

A lifetime of learning

Exhibitions

Loads, too many to list, I don't exhibit anymore.

Press

Published in numerous magazines, the latest being a bi monthly magazine, called "Vintage Caravan Magazine"

Influences

Nature and a few artist friends, especially my painting mate, Clark Barrett from Broken Hill, who I paint with a couple of times a year.

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