Michael Workman was raised on a small farm in Highland, Utah. He earned a B.A. in painting and drawing and an M.F.A. from Brigham Young University (Provo, UT). The artist paid for his education by working as an architectural illustrator, and he credits this early experience with instilling the discipline needed to make painting a steady, daily commitment.
Workman is considered by many to be a master landscape painter. He is one of the major New American Tonalist painters, and his use of color, texture, and light create a balance between realistic and abstract interpretation. During his early years of painting, he decided to follow in the footsteps of his hero George Inness to go beyond the visible surface of a landscape and seek an emotional-spiritual response from the viewer. His paintings appeal to those without an education in the arts as well as to fellow artists and the educated or naturally poetic, who look for and find layers of meaning in his work. The artist has shown in many prestigious exhibitions throughout his career, has had numerous solo shows, and is included in several public and private collections.
Workman is represented by Evoke Contemporary (Santa Fe), Gallery 1261 (Denver), and David Ericson Fine Art (Salt Lake City).