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About Me

I'm Michael,

I am a watercolor artist and proud member of the Long Island artist community. I have been drawing birds since I was a child and have two parrots at home; they are my flock. Primarily, I am a Fantasy Artist and I enjoy painting creatures and landscapes in watercolor.

I studied fine art at Suffolk Community College and am utilizing those skills, along with my decades of experience as a Tarot reader, to develop an Oracle deck. I have spent four-years conducting an artistic study of birds. Those works are mostly colored pencil and ink, with some mixed media.

My art is often represented at a variety of local events, as well having been featured at several shops and local Long Island galleries, including Sands Point Preserve, Soul Brew, Great South Bar, the Hewlett-Woodmere Public Library, and Balance, Mind, Body & Soul.

I have received honorable mention at Farmingdale Village’s Art in the Park and 2nd place in the watercolor category at Sayville’s Art Walk. I love birds, and I still believe in Unicorns!

Find me on TikTok: @fantasy.art.by.michael

My art business has been designated as a "Trusted Art Seller" with The Art Storefronts Organization, which means you can shop with confidence, and know that I stand behind the quality and value of my products.



MY WORLD

Inspiration

There is light and dark in this world. This contrast is prevalent in my work, which focuses on portraits of mythological creatures, ancient deities, and other classic architypes and their relationship to modern society. I want my work to showcase that the themes imbedded in ancient myth still have a place in contemporary culture. The draw to mythology came from childhood. As a child, one seeks answers to questions that are around them; I delved deeper into my study of mythology for answers.


Career Highlights

My art is often represented at a variety of local events, as well having been featured at several shops and local Long Island galleries, including Sands Point Preserve, Soul Brew, Great South Bar, the Hewlett-Woodmere Public Library, and Balance, Mind, Body & Soul. I have received honorable mention at Farmingdale Village’s Art in the Park and 2nd place in the watercolor category at Sayville’s Art Walk.

My process... the art, the myth and the Magic

The recurring theme of light and dark in world mythology, which inspires my work, is why I chose to paint primarily in watercolor. I am able adjust the amount of water to get both sheer and opaque coverage, creating a play on light vs. dark in my work. I utilize a variety of different products to achieve this, some of my favorites are listed down below.  My process begins by sketching my work digitally, using Procreate.

Once sketched, I transfer the image to paper using tracing paper and a graphite rubbing technique. ·      

For paper, I prefer Strathmore Cold-Pressed 300 gram because of the texture and durability. I use blue painter’s tape to secure the sheet to Masonite boards, to prevent warping when wet. ·     

For painting my backgrounds, I prefer Windsor and Newton Professional, Daniel Smith, and Holbein tubes, which I use for washes and wet-on-wet techniques. ·   

For painting my figures, my favorite palette is a set of Sennelier Watercolor half-pans. I sometimes use gauche white and black ink for contrast, due to opacity.

I also use Watercolor Frisket or masking fluid which allows me to protect my figure sketch and paint a seamless background. It can then be peeled up, leaving behind a blank figure to paint.

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