was born and raised in Provo, Utah and spent his boyhood hunting,
fishing and trapping throughout the Rocky Mountains. Early on, he
decided on a career in art, studying at Brigham Young Univerisity.
Coleman's paintings are rich in
detail and muted in tone, true to the remote landscapes he chooses to
illustrate. The Indian encampments, wildlife and hunting subjects
portrayed against these magnificent areas are rendered in such a way as
to give the viewer a sense of gazing on the past. Coleman loves best the
dusky, grey, misty, muted tones of fall and early winter. His paintings
evoke the early 19th century masters of the Hudson River School,
artists whom he credits with deeply influencing his art. The mood he
captures is that to which all painters of the mystique and power of the
tradition and lore of the West aspire.
Michael, "I knew from a young age that I wanted to be an artist, I
wanted to recreate the "magic" moments that I'd experienced in the wild.
I felt so strongly about the landscape and the animals in it that I had
to do more than just look around at them. Some say that my paintings
are a synthesis of man and nature finding union in art."