Michael is a Disabled US Army Veteran who has been living at the DC VA Medical Center's Community Living Center since 2008 following the death of his Mother. Michael was discharged in 1976 after serving in NATO and SHAPE. Even though Michael has been disabled for many years with cervical spondylosis, he has never given up painting. He has lost strength in his power grip, sometimes making it seem like a miracle that he can maneuver a brush or balance a painting on his lap. At times he has not felt well enough to attend art therapy sessions, but will paint from his bed. Overcoming his weakening hands and paralyzed legs, Michael is pursuing his own art style.
His style includes volumes of paintings and drawings of imaginary people. Michael is currently using new painting surfaces and working with clay and ceramic tiles in his Art Therapy sessions at the VA. Thanks to a grant from the Community Forklift for the VA Art Therapy patients, Michael is more prolific than ever!
CHAL in is the CHAW Gallery!
CHAL presents: Summer Explorations. Opening reception is Ocotber 14th, 5:00-7:00pm. More info and PR on the show and it's artists here!