Michael Spillane was born in Swansea, South Wales, and has a broad and eclectic background both in the arts and natural sciences. Together with his early interests in botanical science and the natural world, Michael pursued his love of the arts. He studied both classical drawing and painting techniques and botanical painting and holds a diploma in illustration and design, together with academic qualifications in horticulture, botany and music.
Michael also studied classical guitar in Britain and has recorded and performed widely. He has held positions of editor and art director for two Canadian national magazines and has written over 300 articles worldwide.
Today Michael teaches a variety of art courses at his studio in Mississauga – Spillane Studio of Fine Arts – (since 2005). He has taught courses and workshops at Visual Arts Mississauga (VAM), Burlington Art Centre, Guelph School of Art, Southampton Art School, Hardy’s Hobbies & Crafts in Madoc, Ontario, The London Brush & Palette Club and at the Toronto Botanical Garden. His artistic style for the most part is high-contrast realism, in particular, detailed and accurately rendered botanical paintings and classical still life vignettes. He works in oil on canvas on a fairly large scale and also paints smaller still life subjects on linen canvas and wood panels. Also following in the footsteps of the early Victorian plant collectors, Michael uses watercolour and various drawing mediums to capture detailed botanical works on a smaller scale.
Michael also has a blog you may want to follow.
Contact info: www.spillane-arts.com
"Loved the course and the way Michael instructed the course. Very relaxed, fun and informative."
"Instructor was well prepared and knew a lot about the mediums involved. A successful lesson and productive activity."
"Of all the classes I have taken over the last many years, this one was by far one of the most challenging and well organized--it was hard work but the results (Id say for nearly all of us) were very satisfying. Michael was an excellent instructor, offered clear direction and suggestions and he managed time very well--it would be a pleasure to take another class from him."