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I’ll be judging the 2015 Fifth Annual Castine Plein Air Festival in Castine, Maine, July 24th, 2017.  I’ve participated in this event several times, and I am honored to be one of the judges this year!  For details on the event:

My Paint Sedona plein air painting program has been recognized by the National Geographic Geotourism Program for its “invaluable contribution to the Sedona Verde Valley Geotourism Program and [its] support in sustaining and enhancing the unique geographic character of the region through [its] commitment to the aesthetics, culture, environment, heritage and well-being of its residents.”

I’m proud to announce I am now represented by the best gallery for contemporary art in northern Arizona. Goldenstein Gallery is located at 150 SR 179/ Suite 5, Sedona.

New book! Outdoor Study to Studio: Take Your Plein Air Paintings to the Next Level. I wrote this as a supplement to Backpacker Painting: Outdoors with Oil & Pastel. Get it at

New DVDS and Video Downloads released via North Light Shop and!  Get Them Now at North Light Shop!

I am featured in the September 2013 issue of The Artist’s Magazine. Click here to read. (7/24/13) Update: You can also read the magazine’s Q&A with Michael here and also an oil painting demo (Grand Canyon) as well as a pastel painting demo(Carmel, CA).

I’m proud to announce that all of my books are now available at Amazon!  You can visit my Amazon author site here to buy the books:


July 29, 2017 – October 2018:  Bar Harbor, Maine – Acadia Inviational III
Michael will be one of 30 nationally-recognized artists invited to participate in this event at Argosy Gallery.  The opening will be July 29, 2017, and paintings will be on display (and for sale) until October 2018.  Other artists participating will include such luminaries as T.M. Nicholas, Kathleen Dunphy, Elizabeth Tolley and David Tutwiler,

November 18, 2017: Studio demonstration for Tucson Pastel Society, 9-4 plus optional plein air outing the following morning

Past Recent Events

March 11-25, 2017: American Impressionist Society Small Works Showcase National Juried Exhibition, Randy Higbee Gallery, Costa Mesa CA.

January 8, 2017: Arizona Pastel Arists Association – Phoenix, Arizona
Demonstration. Details available at

October 15-22, 2016: Sedona Plein Air Festival – Sedona, Arizona
Plein air painting festival. For details:

September 10-18, 2016: Grand Canyon, Arizona – Grand Canyon Celebration of Art
The premier plein air painting festiva! For details:

July 1-31, 2016: Miniatures of Acadia National Park Exhibition – Bar Harbor, Maine
View Michael’s 24 paintings of Acadia celebrating the Park’s 100th anniversary. Opening reception Friday, July 1, 6-8 pm, Argosy Gallery.
For details:
View the paintings here

July 21-23, 2016: Castine Plein Air Festival – Castine, Maine
Plein air painting festival. For details:


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