An artist who seeks to incorporate art with climate change data, and whose work in encaustic medium, glass paint, oils and acrylics includes 'Our Changing Planet'.
Now retired, my professional career began with military service, then a decade with several major international corporations, followed by twenty-plus years with Oak Ridge National Laboratory. During my career I conducted research and strategic policy development, as well as technical assessments and emergency preparedness planning.
Concurrently, and throughout my adult years, I enjoy creating art and volunteering across a wide spectrum of organizations, primarily associated with the disability community.
In my art, I use melted wax, known as 'encaustic medium' as well as occasionally glass paint, oils and acrylics. I work on a variety of surfaces including canvas, fiberboard, poster board, wood, and mirrors. My style moves between the semi-realism of my 'Flower Series' and 'Our Changing Planet Series' to the more expressionistic, and abstract styles of my 'Reflection' and 'Abstraction' series.
Of particular interest, I have created twelve paintings in a series I have named 'Our Changing Planet' and then I produced a short video of the same name that presents these paintings along with science-based narration. It is my contention that we need to fully incorporate the humanities, and particularly the arts, with climate change-related data if we are to successfully build global advocacy for the difficult decisions we all must take and support in order to manage and mitigate the inevitable world-wide climate based disruptions we are already beginning to experience.
I am a proponent of 'Charitable Art'. I regularly donate art (or the profits from the sale of the art) to a wide range of charitable non-profit organizations that I am engaged with.
I've also worked in film production, including as interviewer on 'Bluestown Rising', a documentary dealing with a music festival's rise over a 30-year history in a small industrial town in Norway and what the festival meant to the town of Notodden as its manufacturing industries closed down.
I am a resident of Boyds, Maryland, USA, and am a service-connected disabled Army veteran, supporting numerous boards over the past decades, including the national-level board of United Cerebral Palsy, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and Montgomery County's (Maryland) Commission on People with Disabilities.
Creative Showcase Michael has contributed a piece on his art-and-science video presentation Our Changing Planet to our Creative Showcase, an evolving collection of new and recent works from our members. His presentation of his artworks with his own narration offers educators and advocates one example of personally communicating the science of climate change through a creative medium — from the failure of major global COP conferences that don’t engage imagination and trust, to the clear evidence of environmental collapse and some of the many positive actions we can take to counter this.