Michael first trained at the Victoria College of Art in the late 70s and early 80s. He later studied in Quebec at Laval University and, more recently (2005) attended a Thematic Residency at the Banff Centre. Michael has a background in Figurative as well as Abstract disciplines. He has been teaching life drawing and painting since 1980. A resident of Jasper (on and off) since 1977, Michael is a founding member of JAG.