Michael 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 won both the 2015 Winsor & Newton Award for Late January Pears, and the Le Clerc Fowle Medal, for outstanding group of paintings. He was a New English Art Club drawing scholar for 2014.
Michael draws and paints in a traditional style, from life. He paints landscapes in oil outside in the open air. His still-life oil paintings are done in daylight in the studio. He usually scrapes off the paint and starts again.