Michael CLARK


Michael Clark is a painter focused on capturing the world around him. From summer afternoons by the beach to evening sunsets in the mountains, Michael travels all over to capture these effects on canvas.


Raised in Michigan, Michael moved to Texas after receiving his BFA from Kendall College of Art Design. While in Texas Michael continued with his focus on landscape painting exhibiting his work in several galleries in Michigan and Texas. He also traveled extensively through the U.S. painting en plein air. In the summer of 2010 he took an extended trip through the western states spending a month residing and painting in  Hood River, Oregon. That trip resulted in over 50 plein air works painted in states from  Washington to Colorado. 


After the passing of his father Michael decided it was time to take his passion to another level and set off on a journey to study with some of the best artists in the country. That journey led him to Chicago for a summer at the prestigious Palette and Chisel Academy of Fine Art.  After  the intense study in Chicago (painting a minimum of two head studies a day) he decided to move to  Denver, Colorado. He chose Denver for its closeness to nature and the access to study with some of the finest painters in the country. After several years of study in Denver Michael made the leap and became a full time artist opening a studio in Estes Park Colorado. 


Recently Michael won the best of show award at the 2015 Plein Air Artist Colorado annual show as well as being back to back Best of Show winner at the Paint the Town competition in Marble Falls, Texas. 


Full Resume



Art Students League, Denver Co. 2011-2014

Palette and Chisel Academy of Fine Arts Chicago Il. 2011

BFA in painting, Kendall College of Art and Design Grand Rapids MI. 2006


Gallery Representation 

Arts At Denver. Denver, Colorado

Mary Williams Fine Art. Boulder, Colorado

Silver Street Fine Art. Lake City, Colorado

Gallery VII. Allens Park Colorado and Carmel California



"Artist To Watch" Southwest Art November 2014 


Awards and Exhibitions

American Impressionist Society 2017 National Juried Show 

Plein Air Artist Colorado 2017 National Juried Show  

Plein Air Rockies 2016 Juried Artist, Second Place Award for Quick Draw 

Plein Air Artist Colorado Best of Show Award 2015  Mary Williams Fine Art, Boulder CO. Awarding Judge Lorenzo Chavez 

Solo Show Mary Williams Fine Art 2015 Boulder, CO.

"Denver Plein Air"  2012 Denver CO. 

"Plein Air Rockies"  2012 Estes Park, CO. 2012

The Figure In Space 2012 Art Students League, Denver CO. 

Paint The Town, Marble Falls, TX 2011 (First Place) Awarding Judge John Austin Hanna

Salon International 2011 Greenhouse Gallery, San Antonio, TX

Paint The Town, Marble Falls, TX 2010  (First Place) Awarding Judge Virginia Vaughn. 

Festival Art Show, Grand Rapids Art Museum 2006

Grand Valley Artists Spring Competition 2006 (second place)

Selected to Exhibit at the KRASIL outdoor art fair, St Joseph, MI 2006

Barns and Farms, National Juried Exhibition Kewaunee, WI 2006

Invited to participate in “art out of doors exhibition” Waterstreet Gallery, Saugautuck Mi. 2006, 2007 

Great Lakes Pastel Society, National Juried Show 2006

City of Churches, Grand Valley Artists 2004

Grand Valley Artists Spring Competition 2005


Teaching Experience 

Workshop Louisville Art Association Jun 2017

Private workshop Rancho Santa Fe California Nov 2016

Workshop South Padre Island Art Space Aug 2016

Workshop Painting Outdoor Still Life's Mary Williams Fine Art Aug 2016

Workshop South Padre Island Art Space Aug 2015

Teaching Assistant for Don Sahli 2014-2016

Class Monitor “Painting Lessons Of The Masters” “Live Anatomy Drawing Lessons of the Masters” Art Students League of Denver  2011-2012 

Instructor South Padre Island Art Space.  Ongoing Weekly Painting Classes March-July 2011 


Memberships and Organizations

 American Impressionist Society 

 Plein Air Artist Colorado