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.
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
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
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