Studio & Plein Air Painter
Michael is a contemporary Canadian painter and art instructor. His primary medium is oil paint and he is known for soft plein air landscapes, modern still lifes, and portraiture. More than anything he enjoys how light, shadow, and colour temperature form the fundamental elements of a scene with the goal of blending representation with Impressionistic aesthetics.
King’s work appears in private collections throughout Canada and the United States and he has won awards in a variety of exhibitions and competitions. He accepts private commissions for still lifes, landscapes, and portraiture.
As an enthusiastic instructor, his workshops teach painting and design in a straightforward, accessible manner with a philosophy grounded in scientific fundamentals of perception, anatomy and observation, along with time proven principles of art.
Michael is the founder of PleinAirBC.com and an associate member of the Oil painters of America. He is the past president and past vice president of the Fraser Valley Chapter of the Federation of Canadian Artists. He is also a past board member of The Federation of Canadian Artists and the Friends of Leigh Square, in Port Coquitlam. He is an active community member of Port Coquitlam, working with civic agencies and community organizations on arts related and city planning projects.