Resident at: Skibbereen Day Care; Bantry Day Care; Dunmanway Day Care and Bantry General Hospital, St. Joseph’s Ward.
Michael is originally from Scotland but now lives in West Cork. He is a graduate of Drawing and Painting from Edinburgh College of Art and and spent 40 years working as a community artist in Craigmillar, Edinburgh – facilitating and managing art projects and festivals. As an artist and campaigner, Michael has always advocated for social justice. He was the lead artist of Artists for Justice and Peace, painting over 200 topical murals in central Edinburgh over a 34 year period.
“I strongly believe that I can help enable people to turn their creative ideas into reality. I believe simply, that anyone at all can make art and that making art is important, beneficial and should be good fun. I enjoy making, constructing, painting and drawing things myself, using a variety of materials. I love West Cork – the landscape, the way of life, the stories and the friendliness of the people”.
Michael has always drawn and painted in the landscape. Since moving to Ireland nearly 2 years ago he has exhibited and sold paintings and drawings at Uillinn, West Cork Art Centre. He has painted collaborative community murals with YMCA groups in Ballincollig and Cork City and with young people from Skibbereen, in the laneway adjacent to Uillinn, as well as private commissions. In 2018 Michael undertook an Uillinn residency/commission with artist Charlotte Donovan for St. Patrick’s Day: The Parade Press. He has created large temporary outdoor sculptures for the Leap Scarecrow Festival and – working with community volunteers – for The Winter Garden in Knocknaheeny, Cork. He has facilitated arts for health groups at Macroom Community Hospital, Niche Community Health Project in Knocknaheeny, and at The Next Step in Cork City.
- The Scarey Crow of Leap (Timber and plastic pipe)
- The Knocknaheeny Polar Bear (Timber and tree branches)
- The Old Steam Mill, Skibbereen (Watercolour and ink)