Gary Michael, a native Oregonian was born April 27, 1934 and has been drawing since a very early age. After attending Gresham High School, he studied art and architecture at the University of Oregon. He worked in Eugene and Portland as an architect for seven years before attending Yale University where he received a Master of Architecture.
Returning to Portland in 1965, Gary became a principal in a large architecture firm. In 1969, he started his own firm working there until his retirement in 1999. In graduate school and throughout his life, Gary has studied painting and drawing in many classes and traveled widely, studying architecture, town planning and searching for subjects to paint. He now works in pastel, acrylics and oil. A member of the Pastel Society of America and the Pastel Society of Oregon, Gary is well known for his pastel paintings of landscapes and historic architectural scenes in which he captures unique light and color conditions. "I try to communicate to the viewer of my work the beauty and sense of special places caught in light in a unique moment in time"
Gary is married to Carolyn Tomei, former Mayor of Milwaukie, Oregon and presently a member of the Oregon State Legislature. Gary is enjoying his retirement as he states that he wants to spend the rest of his life painting.