Michael was raised on the family cattle ranch in Southeastern Washington State. With a keen insight of the natural world, Michael pursued formal art studies. A 1972 graduate of Central Washington University, Michael earned a bachelor degree in fine art and education. In the spring of 1972, Michael was off to the Fort Knox Armor School for basic training with the Washington Army National Guard. Upon his return Michael was employed by the Walla Walla, Washington public school district, where he taught art.
1975 was a milestone; Michael resigned his teaching position and opened The Maiden Foundry, his dream studio. Michael found success early producing bronze sculpture for world famous artists, as well as his own work. The Maiden Foundry grew to be the largest art foundry in the western United States. Michael is most known as the world's leading sculptor of the American Bald Eagle, one of his favorite subjects. As a pilot since 1985, Michael's life long passion with aviation has also brought artistic success. Michael's recent public placements depicting heroic scale Naval Aviation figures has brought national acclaim. Michael's work can be found in personal and corporate collections worldwide.