The interior of Michael Coleman's studio space
The interior of Michael Coleman's studio space

Part studio, part museum, Michael Coleman has a collection of beloved and rare artifacts that inspire his paintings. Here, he takes on a private studio tour.

Nestled against the mountains with a view of Utah Lake, Michael Coleman’s home studio is a collection of natural and man-made treasures.

A hunter and fisherman, Michael draws inspiration from the wildlife he sees within the landscape, and the effects of light upon the scenes in which he is immersed.

“Everything has a memory.”


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Over the years Michael and his family have taken in orphaned/baby deer and other wildlife (he had a pet badger when he was little); he weaves these stories in as he paints, giving you a deeper understanding of his love of nature.

Michael was born and raised in Provo, Utah and spent his boyhood hunting, fishing and trapping throughout the Rocky Mountains, often taking a sketchbook with him. Early on, he decided on a career in art, and traveled broadly for subject matter.

He quickly became a prominent Western artist when in 1978, at the age of 32, he was given his first retrospective at the Buffalo Bill Historical Center. He exhibited at the National Academy of Western Art and at Kennedy Galleries in New York. Then, in 1999, he won the Prix de West Award at the National Cowboy Hall of Fame for his bronze of a
moose titled “September,” which work has joined the permanent collection of the Hall of Fame.

He paints primarily in oil on board or gouache, but his work also includes bronzes. His paintings are rich in detail and muted in tone, true to the remote landscapes he chooses to illustrate. The Indian encampments, wildlife and hunting subjects portrayed against these magnificent areas are rendered in such a way as to give the viewer a sense of gazing on the past.

Coleman loves best the dusky-gray, misty, muted tones of fall and early winter and is known for his landscapes of rich colors and detail. He combines realism and atmospheric styles, often with animals depicted in those autumn settings when they are in their prime, but his pieces always suggest a balanced harmony between artist, animal, and nature.

Coleman’s works can be found in the private and public collections of Clint Eastwood, Ian Cumming, John Huntsman, Stan Kamen, President George Bush, Sr., Johnny Morris, Bass Pro Shops, George Lucas, LucasArts, the Corning Museum, the Anschutz Collection, the National Wildlife Art Museum, the Buffalo Bill Historical Center, the Canadian Embassy, and the National Museum of Dubai, to name a few.

Contemporary realism wildlife paintings
Still life painting by Michael Coleman
Contemporary realism wildlife paintings
Wildlife painting by Michael Coleman
Contemporary realism wildlife paintings
Wildlife painting by Michael Coleman

In his art video workshop “Timeless Landscapes,” Michael Coleman will teach you:

  • The THREE colors he uses to paint any sky
  • How to simulate the right look for clouds and the feeling they give
  • Why it’s OK to use your IMAGINATION when creating your landscape
  • How the SKY color influences ALL surfaces and how to show it
    …and so much more!

Discover how to paint landscapes with Michael Coleman here.

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