Born and raised in Minnesota, C. Michael Dudash settled in the Green Mountains of Vermont where he began his full-time career as an artist and oil painter in 1977. Working with agents in New York, he found immediate success as a freelance illustrator which brought him national notoriety and a career that lasted 25 years. In 2002, he left illustration behind to become a full time “easel” painter, dedicating himself to creating his own work. This eventually led him to concentrate his efforts on the subject of the Old West as represented by narrative paintings of the 1800s.
Dudash has written and published articles for American Artist and The Artists Magazine. His work has been showcased in Art of the West, Southwest Art and Western Art Collector. He has been a guest lecturer and instructor at a large number of art schools, art institutions and museums, including the Booth Western Art Museum, Brigham Young University, Museum of Biblical Art in Dallas and Scottsdale Artists’ School.
Dudash has shown and sold his work at the C. M. Russell Museum, the Scottsdale and Coeur d’Alene Art Auctions, the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, the Booth Museum of Western Art, the Briscoe Western Art Museum and the Eiteljorg Museum. In the fall of 2016, he was invited to become a member of the prestigious Cowboy Artists of America. In recent years his paintings have won 11 separate industry awards including a Gold Medal for Best Oil Painting at the 2021 Cowboy Artists of America annual show.