Michael Baum

Brief Biography
Michael Baum
Born: 1950, Tulsa, Oklahoma. Grew up in the small town of Tipp City, Ohio.
Education: BFA, 1974, Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio
1977 – Present: Relocated to Colorado, living in the Colorado Springs area.
1977 – Present: Pursued western regional themes in various media and genres.
1993 – Present: Working as a full-time artist.
Present: Studio and plein air oil paintings, focusing on Colorado and Southwestern landscapes.


Artist Statement
“I started life on the road. My first home was a travel trailer journeying across the heartland of the nation. I think this is where I first fell in love with the landscape and the natural world. I’ve been on that journey ever since.


“I studied fine art and anthropology at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio, earning a Bachelor of Fine Art degree. My real education began when I journeyed west to Colorado.


“I’ve been exploring the West almost forty years and barely scratched the surface. I’ve been painting it almost as long and feel like I’m just getting started. The beauty of light playing across the land goes beyond the visual and digs deep into the soul. Painting the landscape lets me know who and where I am. It’s the journey of a lifetime.


“I work out of my studio and home in Manitou Springs, Colorado, and get out on the road as often as possible, still journeying.”

Rising from the Mountains
A thunderstorm builds over the Wet Mountains of southern Colorado bringing a hope of rain to a dry land.
Summer at the Garage
On a road trip in eastern Colorado I saw these old cars basking like hippos in the summer heat. I had to paint them.
View from the Loch
View from the Loch
An alpine lake high in the Colorado Rockies.
Storm n the Valley
Storm in the Valley
The Wet Mountain Valley of Colorado lives up to its name.

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