Michael Stack was always interested in being an “easel painter” but, in his early years, he supported himself with various jobs. When he moved to Arizona in 1970, the beautiful Sonoran Desert inspired him to become a landscape painter.
While Stack was growing up in California, abstract painting was popular. He was urged to conform but followed his own path, expressing a unique vision in his paintings. He does not like to apply large amounts of paint at one time. Instead, he uses many thin layers to achieve the luminous effect for which he is noted, similar to the Hudson River Painters’ style that he admires.
Although Stack is attracted to landscapes, it is rugged mountains, arid deserts, and endless grasslands all over the Southwest that hold a special connection for him. He is best known for his luminous skies, sunsets, and towering rain clouds so powerful one listens for the booming thunder. Stack likes to paint the subtle places many people pass by to remind viewers of the beauty surrounding them.