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Salida CO 80205

The Artist

With his focus on the history of the early Western frontier, Michael’s “Uniform and Dress of the Corps of Discovery” paintings were selected as guides for the uniforms created for the National Geographic’s Lewis and Clark IMAX film production. Throughout the commemoration of the Bicentennial of the Lewis and Clark Expedition Michael was commissioned for numerous paintings depicting scenes from this epic trek across America. As an example, a series of five paintings was commissioned depicting the Corps for the U.S Army Corps of Engineers. Michael has been speaking on this topic around the country at the unveiling of these paintings. The N. Dakota Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center has an ongoing series of paintings that are permanently installed in their museum at Washburn, ND. The National Park Service selected a number of Michael’s images to be prominently displayed in their Corps II national touring project and the U.S. Postal Service has acquired the rights to print two images in a special commemorative booklet on York. The U.S. Army War College commissioned a painting, “Decision At the Marias” in the spring of 2004 and the resulting print was gifted to President Bush after his speech at the War College and now resides at the White House.

It has been Michael’s great honor to work with a number of Indian Nations including the Hidatsa, the Mandan, the Chinook and the Arikara to depict moments in their tribal history. 

Michael has been a guest speaker at the Prix de West Art Auction held at the National Cowboy Hall of Fame and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City. In 2006 he set a record price for his work as a first time, “Quick Draw” artist and was the featured speaker at the C.M. Russell Western Art Auction in Great Falls, Montana.