Michael won both the 2015 New English Art Club Winsor & Newton Award, for Late January Pears, and the Royal Institute of Oil Painters Le Clerc Fowle Medal, for outstanding group of paintings. He was a New English Art Club drawing scholar for 2014.
Michael was born in 1965 and grew up in Winchester. He studied librarianship and realised early on he didn't want to be a librarian. Going to life-drawing classes cheered him up. He became a features subtitler for the deaf and hard-of-hearing, a lucky escape. Michael achieved a first-class honours degree in Fine Art printmaking at London Metropolitan University. He attended Lavender Hill Studios – a traditional atelier-style painting school, the first of its kind in the UK. He came back to Winchester and moved to Brassey Road Studio.
Michael draws and paints in a traditional style, from life, not photographs. His still-life oil paintings are done in daylight in the studio. He paints landscapes in oil outside in the open air. Sometimes he scrapes off the paint and starts again.

Oil Paintings by Michael Weller