Michael Coleman spent his boyhood hunting, fishing, and trapping throughout the Rocky Mountains. Early on, he decided on a career in art, studying at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah.
It has been Coleman’s lifelong goal to exist in harmony with the reality of nature and the pulse of art. His paintings are rich in detail and muted in tone, true to the remote landscapes he illustrates. The Indian encampments, wildlife, and hunting subjects portrayed against these magnificent areas are rendered in such a way that they give the viewer a sense of gazing into the past.
Coleman most loves the murky, grey, misty, muted tones of autumn and early winter. “I absorb the natural world and love it best when it’s moody, stormy, wet, snowy, and dusky-colored,” he says. His paintings evoke the early 19th-century masters of the Hudson River School, artists whom he credits with deeply influencing his art.