Michael studied art at the Crawford School of Art, Cork, and qualified to begin a full-time teaching career in Art and Crafts, which lasted almost 40 years. During this time he contintued to develop his own skills in painting, sculpture and ceramics. Since retirement, he has in his own words “been busier than ever.”
He has developed self-taught techiniques in bronze (see “Girl with Cello”) and bas-relief and 3-D sculpture. (see “Grandchildren” and “Self Portrait “ bust)
A recent commission is the portrait bust of 17th –century Oliver Plunkett, patron of Peace and Reconciliation in Ireland , for the venue of the same name in Oliver Plunkett street, Cork.
However, the main body of his work continues to be painting and drawing in the realist style.
The subjects are many and varied: seascapes, portraits of people, pets, commemortative works for special events, rural and industrial heritage (champion plough-horses, steam threshers etc)
In particular he finds and endless source of inspiration in the Irish landscape and in the beautiful Boyne Valley where he lives in the historic town of Drogheda.
He uses various media –oil on canvas, watercolour, pastels, charcoal.
Works in progress currently are a portrait in oils, a sculpture of the late Rory Gallacher,and a rural scene depicting 19th century steam technology at a local fair day. The machinery is lovingly restored and maintained by lifelong enthusiasts.
From time to time he completes a project by making a bespoke frame himself, when the painting requires a unique style.
Although he works mostly to commission, he has also exhibited in a number of group shows over the decades.