Michael Clark was born and raised in Traverse City, Michigan. He earned a Bachelors in Fine Arts in painting from Kendall College of Art and Design. He also studied at the prestigious Palette and Chisel Academy of Fine Art in Chicago and the Art Students League in Denver.
Michael was a teaching assistant to famous Colorado impressionist Don Sahli. Don gave Michael the freedom and knowledge to explore color and handed down a lineage of Russian Impressionism dating back centuries. Michael has also studied under Ovanes Berberian and Sunny Apinchapong-Yang.
In 2016 Michael became a full time artist with a studio in Estes Park, Colorado. He moved to Salida, Colorado in 2018 where he opened his own gallery and studio in the heart of downtown.
Michael is a signature member in the American Impressionist Society and is a “Rising Star” since winning 3 awards in their last 4 shows.