Growing up in Jamaica, Michael had always had a strong desire to inspire and speak to others through art. In 2012 he left his home country to live in the United States, and began pursuing his artistic dreams. He earned his BFA in Illustration and Graphic Design with a minor in Animation at Lesley University in Cambridge, MA. Michael has been working as a Boston-based Freelance Illustrator and Designer for the past 5 years on a wide range of projects, exhibitions and showcases. When he isn’t teaching animation and illustration at his alma mater, he works as a children’s book illustrator, graphic novelist, and immerses himself in the comic book world to further his passion and knowledge in sequential arts.
Whenever possible, Michael uses his rich cultural background from his early life in Jamaica to infuse, improve, and “season” whatever project he tackles, often mixing both digital and traditional media. His passion and interest for story-telling is paramount in his conceptualization, approach, and execution of the art he makes, drawing from his knowledge in all his various areas of study. He believes all art is inter-connected in some facet, informing and enhancing each other .
“I don’t see myself as anything more than the typical artist who enjoys his craft and seeks to make an impact on someone’s life. With all that is going on in the world, I acknowledge that it is necessary to have a chorus of voices bringing light to what is important and what us as a people need. However for me, my desire is to be the voice that soothes, inspires, and motivates others to ponder the wonders of life. I seek to be the light that helps them to look forward and look beyond, to the joys and the happiness that can, and will be; to hang in the balance of reality and wonder.”