Here are a few samples from the latest series of paintings and illustrations by Michael. In Voyage Chicago Magazine, Michael discusses the project.
“These days, I’m focusing on the characters within the painting, taking some advice from Kimberly Atwood, owner of the Elephant Room Gallery in Chicago. In my previous works, the characters were simply a part of the environment, kind of like Edward Hopper’s paintings. Now they are front and center. The recent series is called “Bloodletting,” partly because I’m using a lot of red, which I’ve never done before. The term comes from the ancient medical practice of draining a patient’s blood in order to heal them. In many ways, it seems like we’re all conducting a massive psychological variation of this kind of behavior on a global scale.”