A self-taught painter, Michael Gibbons was born in Portland, OR in 1943. Experimenting with art as soon as he could hold a crayon, he began painting in oils while still in elementary school. He would later attend Benson Polytechnic Institute, where he attracted the attention of the Oregon Society of Artists. At the age of 16, he was the youngest person to be invited to become a member of the society. By the time he graduated high school, he was awarded all honors in the Scholastic Art Awards competition.
After graduating high school in Portland, OR he invested in a small manufacturing firm and worked as a designer of specialty automotive accessories. Yet, he knew what he was meant to do with his life as far back as he can remember. When he was 25, an opportunity to pursue his dream opened. Gibbons quit his job in Portland, packed his bags and relocated to the countryside on the central Oregon coast. He began to pursue painting full-time and hasn’t looked back ever since.
He began painting original oil works of Newport, OR and surrounding areas, creating his reputation as a well-renowned regionalist painter. Portable field equipment, solitude and focusing on a limited geographical area have helped him create his very personal, intimate portrayals of the land he and his wife, Judy, have called home for more than 30 years.
While Michael says the most powerful work he creates is of the area where he lives, he routinely travels to other locations to gain additional inspiration. He has spent many months painting en plein air in Scotland and Ireland. He has also traveled across the United States and to other places in Europe, including France.
If you’re looking to buy his art work of Oregon and surrounding Northwest areas, stop by his gallery today or call 541-336-2797.
- Oil Painters of America, Signature Member
- Allied Artists of America, New York
- Laguna Plein Air Painters Association, signature member
- CIVA (Christians in the Visual Arts)