Michael McClure


When I was in school I was told that representational painting had all been done already and there was no point in bothering with it. It took me 20 years to realize that, point or no point, I still wanted to learn how to paint what I saw. The beauty of the natural world is a constant source of inspiration for me. It has been said, we are not human beings having a spiritual experience, we are spiritual beings having a human experience. My way of expressing my spiritual nature is through my art. Whatever is inside of me, you will see it out there in every brushstroke. I hope that my work will bring you joy when you look at it, just as it has brought me joy in creating it. I graduated with a fine arts degree from Stanford University in 1972. I began my career as a graphic designer, gradually going into book design and illustration. During that time I started to take some painting workshops, and began to deepen my understanding of fine art.

Over the last thirty years I've studied with some great artists including Harley Brown, Carolyn Anderson, Kevin MacPherson and Matt Smith. Now I enjoy passing along what I have learned about art through classes and workshops. My work has won numerous awards in art competitions. It is found in both private and corporate collections internationally. I am a signature member of the National Oil and Acrylics Painters Society (NOAPS) and a member of Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters.