M Francis McCarthy

"I have had a lifelong interest in art. I started pursuing drawing mastery in earnest at the age of 13. "

Michael’s paintings leave an unforgettable feeling in the viewer.  The processes he uses to create his paintings are highly intuitive. Using fine hard wood panels like Kauri and Rimu and applying layers of paint he gradually builds up his panel from a deep sienna foundation to transparent, yet luminous shadows till finally rendering his lightest oil colours in delicate glazes.

With oil paint, Michael conveys his deepest inner vision through the vehicle of landscape painting, a process that begins with nature and ends with a revealing expression of nature. His work greatly influenced by a painting movement called Tonalism. Tonalism is a poetic interpretation in paint of an emotive response to the landscape.

With a lifelong interest in art Michael worked in different creative fields for many years, starting a career as a commercial artist and illustrator in 1997. Though he found commercial art fulfilling he longed to express deeper feelings and ideas through the medium of landscaping and in 2006 began teaching himself to paint in oil.

Michael was born in San Diego, and until recently lived in San Jose, Northern California. Michael currently resides in New Zealand with his wife Marie. He has been a studio holder at the Quarry Arts Centre since 2011.