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. Later, Michael took a second degree in Fine Art printmaking at London Metropolitan University and achieved a First. Then he attended Lavender Hill Studios, a traditional atelier-style painting school. He came back to Winchester to paint. In 2015 Michael won both the Winsor & Newton Award and the Le Clerc Fowle Medal for outstanding group of paintings. He teaches portraiture in oil colour at The Colour Factory in Winchester, and oil painting in Brighton with the New School Of Art. Michael draws and paints in a traditional style, from life.