Michael Holter

Michael is a Plano, Texas artist that has rapidly become known for his dynamic oil paintings and watercolor portraits, figures and landscapes. After a successful career in advertising design and creative leadership, Michael began focusing more seriously on his painting in 2011. He has quickly become a signature member of the National Watercolor Society, The Southwestern Watercolor Society, The Society of Watercolor Artists, the Missouri Watercolor Society and The Outdoor Painters Society. 

His work has received numerous awards, been published in the NorthLight Books issues of Splash 16, 17 and 18 and been recognized by being selected twice to the Fabriano (Italy) Watermedia Exhibition. Two of his pieces are currently in the World Watercolor Competition in Taiwan where Michael has been juried into the top 30 artists in the show.
Although Michael has been painting most of his life, his work experience spans a wide range of creativity, from high school art teacher, advertising creative director and businessman. Michael has owned and operated two galleries. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Art Education and an MA in Visual Communication. 

His wide range of experience influences his approach to his exciting and popular workshops which he holds throughout the US. 

Michael says, "My work is impressionistic. I like to represent people or places and allow the painting to evolve from the recognizable. The challenge is to balance the care needed to make the representation interesting… and perhaps believable, with the freedom, looseness and painterly quality that makes a painting so expressive."