Michael is a Signature Member of the PSSW. He first used pastels doing portraits at arts and craft shows in the 70’s. He then studied art at UT-Austin, and worked as an illustrator for several years, specializing in pastels. He began getting portrait commission work in pastel and oil. More regular work was to be found doing caricatures with markers at company parties, which he still does. Current fine art work focuses on portrait and figurative paintings, and plein air paintings in oil and pastel.
He has been a finalist or exhibited with the Art Renewal Center, the Hunter Prize, Bosque Art Classic, Oil Painters of America, and Salon International. He was a Scholarship Award winner of the Pastel Society of America and Oil Painters of America, and a finalist with the Florence Academy of Art. In addition to attending workshops with nationally known artists, he has in recent years studied classical realism approaches to painting at the Creative Arts Center in Dallas, and at the Texas Academy of Figurative Art in Fort Worth. He teaches occasionally at Gallery on the Squarein Waxahachie, and at Dallas Baptist University.
See his work at www.michaelgillespieart.com