ABOUT THE ARTIST




Artist Statement:

I live in the State of Maine and am inspired by the change of seasons, the pristine landscape, and the abundance of nature. I have created a large body of work from my travels to the Greek islands of Crete, Samos, and especially Skopelos where I studied at The Island Center for the Arts.

I envision colors, flora, fauna, and landscapes as inspiration for wearable art. I paint watercolors and hand-painted silk fabric. I sew this fabric into garments of my own design. I strive to design both unique and inventive but also comfortable apparel for my clientele. I feel a distinct sense of accomplishment when I see a piece of my  painted fabric on its new owner. This is the pleasure and enchantment of wearable art.


Biography:

Michael grew up in rural Maine, and graduated from Massachusetts College of Art and Design in 1989. While spending a year at Parsons School of Design in NYC in 1987, He was hired as a silk-painting assistant to fashion designer Michael Katz. Here he realized his love of painting silk for fashion, his work for M.K appeared in Harper's Bazaar, Town & Country Magazine, The New York Post, and Bergdorf Goodman's 5th Avenue front windows.

 

In 1998, Michael opened Pony Studio in South Beach, Florida - specializing in hand-painted silk custom fashions. His use of colour, original print design, and bias cutting emphasized confident feminine sensuality. Combined with custom/handmade quality, He attracted international socialites, professional models, fashion editors, and creative leaders as clients. Between 2001 and 2004 he produced six seasonal, benefit fashion shows.

 

In 2005, he relocated my studio to Maine, where he is currently located. His designs on silk are represented by Sandra Nunes of Collecting Colour to the international fashion print market. In 2020 he realized the subject matter and theme of a series of novels he had long desired to write. Starting with a memoir he soon morphed the story into a speculative, magical realism trilogy set on Earth through the eons. ABRA’S WAY is expected to be published in 2022-2023.