Growing up in the Oregon Cascades and the Willamette Valley, nature and the landscape have had a profound impact on Michael Orwick. He has always been inspired by the ability of landscapes to tell stories.
Michael’s career in art started in animation at Will Vinton Studios and moved quickly into illustration, where he enjoyed bringing the ideas of others to life. As is true for many creative people, Michael was drawn to develop his own signature style of “Inspired Expressionism,” painting his ideas on canvas and inviting the viewer to provide the narrative.
Michael Orwick is a master of creating mood through atmosphere and color, utilizing space, a sense of place, and time of day to convey his vision. His work hints at a story and it is what he leaves untold that engages the viewer in the creative process of storytelling. He often hears that people feel as if they have “seen this place before”.
Michael’s paintings offer the chance to return and explore a special place that lingers in memory and imagination.
"Michael Orwick’s paintings express his love of life, his playfulness and his reverence for nature. His paintings’ beauty may be timeless, but each scene seems to capturing a fleeting moment when the light is just right or the mist is swirling just so. Michael’s passion for travel shows in his work in both subject matter as well as style. His many pictures of vineyards and coastlines make him a natural choice for our gallery on the Central Coast."