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Artist Statement

Michael R. Coleman


Artist Biography


            Born in Kansas City, Missouri, Michael Coleman has studied and created art his entire life. He completed his Bachelor of Fine Arts at Louisiana Tech University in 1985 and worked for many years as an illustrator and graphic designer while working nights and weekends to develop his style of painting.

            Michael moved to New Mexico in the mid 90s to expand his artistic options and started working for a local art company, Opp Art Inc., in Albuquerque. He worked on many projects creating murals, 3 dimensional art, graphics, interior & exterior faux finishes, signage, and carpentry for commercial clients nationwide in the restaurant and casino industries, including the Paris Casino in Las Vegas, Hollywood Casinos in Chicago, Shreveport and Memphis and an interesting 2 year project for the Imus Ranch for Kids with Cancer near Ribera, New Mexico.

            Michael Coleman began his art education career by teaching basic drawing, computer graphics and commercial illustration part-time for a private commercial art college in the late 90s. In 2002 he started teaching high school Fine Art, fundamentals of art, drawing, painting, ceramics, pottery, jewelry, sculpture, AP portfolio and fine art matting and framing at Bernalillo High School. In 2005 he received a Master of Art in Education degree from the College of Santa Fe. Besides working full time on his painting and drawings, he is teaching art education and art history as an Associate Instructor at the University of Phoenix, and other area Albuquerque colleges. He continues expanding his painting and drawing skills and artistic growth, painting at his home studio and drawing from life in weekly workshops.

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