|St. Joseph Hospital, Mt. Sterling, KY|
Michael has found the same to be true in all of his tools, and he chooses those which serve his style, art and habits the best, in paints, surfaces, and brushes. But, Michael also believes that the tools can only do so much, it is the passion and emotion behind them that create the art.
|3 panels each 4' x 7' in process|
|single panel 4'x 7' in process|
His large scale works and grids of many small paintings together are unusual from a watercolorist, drawing commissions from across the nation.
It was his desire to go larger and larger as a watercolorist that led him to finding a niche in selling to hospital waiting rooms, a place that needs the transcendence his art provides. This transcendence is not only felt when Michael's art is approached, but it is also the place he goes as an artist in the creation process: "those moments when you don't realize you're painting anymore and something just takes over, and over time you can recognize it. . . not force it but let it in," he explains. His art provides that hope, beauty and transcendence to something better, but also stays quiet -- waiting for the viewer, something needed in hospital waiting rooms.
|Mayo Clinic Installation|
Michael will have a show opening in May 2013 at Robert Morris University's State Street Gallery in Chicago, IL. A large 30,000 square foot gallery to fill himself, it is sure to be a wonderful opening, showing completely new work. To keep up with his shows and to see more of Michael's work, visit his website: www.irelandwatercolors.com
For more brush information, check out the Dynasty Brush website.