Originally from the City of Belfast in Ireland, I moved to the San Francisco Bay Area in 1993 and began working in the construction business as a commercial Painter working on large building projects all over the Bay Area.
I am a completely self-taught Artist.
I have had no formal training of any kind.
In 2001, I began to pursue painting and drawing as a hobby, but gradually began to take a more serious approach after some small successes doing art shows and making a number of sales.
My main subjects at first were Landscapes and street scenes but later I began to try Figurative and Still Life subjects. I suppose my favorite Medium is Oil Painting. But more recently I've began to explore the possibilities of Soft Pastels. With they're vibrant colors and luminous textures and glow, Soft Pastels are the perfect Medium for me. Especially for Plein Air work.
The San Mateo Coast provides the most beautiful and scenic places that any Artist could possibly hope to find.
Coastal Planes, Tree Groves and Farmlands. Whether bathed in sunshine or shrouded in fog, this place is a Landscape Painters dream.
My other favorite subject is of course Ireland. Especially the wild, western Atlantic coast.
I am very excited about being a part of this Gallery and hope that my work touches a chord with the people of this community and with visitors to this special place.
Michael. M Madden
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