Michael paints tender and honest depictions of the countryside he loves and the cities he has explored, and has become noted for being one of the finest exponents of the traditional landscape, and for his series of paintings of Manchester pubs.
After leaving school, Michael began a career as an engineer, but in1998 he had a major operation to remove a brain tumour and decided to paint more seriously.
Art critic David Lee has said of Michael's work: "There are no secrets in what he does. Being open and honest he tells you directly through his pictures where his interests lie. We don't have to be told by experts the meaning of his work because they are self-evident - we can see them for ourselves. In his landscapes as well as his views of the city, he willingly lays bare his pleasures and beliefs. You can't ask more of any artist than this. He is a worthy heir of those in the great tradition of Lancashire painters."
Michael has gained many awards over the years and has recently been accepted into the Manchester Academy of Fine Arts. In 2013 he beat over three thousand artists competing on the BBC 2 Art program, Show Me The Monet, and became one of only thirty to show their work at the Mall Galleries, London.