Dan Michael, IAPS-MC
Born in Virginia, and raised in Michigan, in 1983 I received a B.F.A. in Graphic Design in a joint program between Aquinas College and Kendall School of Design. After having worked as a graphic designer and illustrator for advertising agencies, the state of Virginia, and as a free-lance artist, I began painting full-time in 2008.
I prefer pastel as a medium because of its directness, just pastels and textured paper. Pastels are simply pure pigment, the same pigments used in watercolor and oil paint, with just enough binder added to form it into a stick. My goal is to create paintings filled with light, atmosphere and a variety of textures. Because of the inherent ability of pastel to reflect light, and its versatility of application and manipulation, I believe reaching my goal is far more attainable.