Though classically trained at Leeds Metropolitan University from 1977-1981, specialising in ceramics, Michael claims to be ‘self taught’. He feels more comfortable now exploring and experimenting with inner thoughts about the world, light, a fleeting moment, a glimpse of a crashing wave or a change of light around a cold winter cabin scene. Furthermore, he feels a sense of thankfulness as viewers are left wondering about a piece of his work or questioning an emotion that is ignited in them whilst looking at it. His subjects vary and are often viewed as simply vehicles for swathes of mature colour combination, bold brush and palette knife strokes. From figure to seascape, Michael’s work features a consistent theme of striking light and well worked out greys to accentuate this. Paintings often appear to be ‘unfinished’ leaving the eye with work to do.