"Born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, in 1950, my first home was a trailer traveling
from Oklahoma to Ohio, where my family settled. I was always drawing or
painting (dinosaurs mainly). Most years, we would take driving vacations
to Florida or Michigan, or go camping at the local parks. These
experiences are among my fondest memories and set the course my life would
In the late 1960s and early '70s, I attended Wright State University in
Dayton, Ohio, studying psychology, anthropology, and art. In 1973 I earned
a BFA in fine art.
I came to the West over 30 years ago, drawn by its spectacular landscapes.
I pursued the landscape in art through a variety of styles and media, now
working exclusively in oil.
"—explored the canyons, mountains and prairies of Colorado and Utah, a
world of light and
illuminated space, revealing a subtlety lying like a hidden dimension
within the bold forms of the landscape. Every landscape is unique, and
every moment in the landscape is unique—changing with the seasons, the
weather, my growth as a painter. An endless flow of new imagery. A
challenge that never ends."
Michael Baum specializes in contemporary representational paintings of the
western and southwestern landscape. He is represented in many private,
corporate, and public collections nationally and internationally.
Michael lives, works and enjoys life in Manitou Springs, Colorado.
April 08, 2013
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