Michael's Profile 

My artistic journey began 30 years ago when I started to draw and paint trees and cottages. I consider myself a prolific painter who's interest in art was perhaps inherited from my father. He was an art teacher and an accomplished artist who mentored me throughout my career.


Oil Paint is my preferred medium and I have developed various landscape styles and techniques over the years. Painting spontaneously using a palette knife is my usual method. I like to apply the paint thick and textured but with emphasis also on color, contrast and depth.


Living in the Great Southern region of Western Australia, I am fortunate to be surrounded by a variety of beautiful scenery. Being greatly inspired by the many river scenes, karri trees, country cottages and ever-changing seascapes in this amazing and unique part of the world. It is where the forest meets the sea.


Other sources of inspiration come from North Western Australia including the Kimberley region, the golden outback and the beautiful Karijini National Park.


I like to paint or sketch outdoors whenever possible as I believe that being among nature enhances perception. ‘Plein Air’ painting has been an important part of my learning process as it has taught me to see and paint colors and values accurately.

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All work ©Michael Cartwright 2020