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About Michael Stevens

I have always been an artist. My eyes are restless. They are always seeking and examining color, pattern, texture, form and shadow. We live in a world of color and I revel in it. But my mind is restless too. My degrees are in science. Science gives us the facts and art helps make sense of them. Through my work I seek to convey the intricacies of nature and civilization, at all levels; particles to politics, colors to catastrophe, the future and the past. I also create pieces that are purely abstract,... more

The Wave Nature of Life

This series explores the universal oddity of wave/particle duality. Particles as waves. Interference. The realm of possibilities as probabilities. All of this reality is wriggling, writhing and jiggling at the smallest levels. The figure, the body itself is fuzzy. Waves become consciousness. Quantum man, abuzz with different possibilities at all times. These waves spread out and connect us all. Even in the darkness. Will the waves of time propel a wave of resistance? Will we stay afloat?

Waves as patterns. Reminiscent of the Organics series, patterns are seen throughout nature. The wave pattern infuses reality at the smallest levels, yet composes the macroscopic world - the air, the land and the water. Our bodies. Our imaginations.


Repetitive patterns occur everywhere in nature, and in our lives. Heartbeats, breathing, blinking - thousands of times a day, millions of times a year. Cycles, orbits, seasons, tides. Not just motion, but the construction of all things depends on repetition. Particles, atoms, cells, planets, stars, galaxies. Pattern and repetition infuse all the Universe and all life itself. This fact is probably the one that most influences my work.

I convey the concept of repetition in nature in my work, especially the Organics series. In these acrylic paintings I explore some of the biological forms that surround us. Simplifying trees down to their minimal structural elements, leaves and sky as a background of mosaic tiles. Individual pieces that create a whole.

  • Postmeridian

    Acrylic on canvas, 20"x24", 2011. The sun is setting and a lone tree is silhouetted against the darkening sky, the stars yet to appear. My favorite time of day.
  • Variant-Four

    Acrylic on canvas, 24"x18", 2003.
  • Variant-Three

    Acrylic and colored pencil on canvas, 16"x20", 2003. Ten minutes until Spring...
  • Branching Out

    Acrylic on canvas, 20"x16", 2013. A mighty tree stands proud as the moon peeks through the layers of clouds.
  • Saguaro II

    Acrylic on canvas, 20"x16", 2013. Cacti are cool...
  • No Such Thing as Perfection

    Acrylic on canvas, 24"x20", 2011.
  • Caught in the Breeze

    Acrylic on canvas, 14"x11", 2010. Seasonal exuberance.
  • The Bountiful

    Acrylic, marker, and pencil on canvas, 20"x16", 2014.
  • The Jester Tree

    Acrylic and pencil on canvas, 16"x20", 2014.
  • October Second

    Acrylic on canvas, 22"x30", 2003. How could an artist not love Autumn?

Visions and Observations

In these works I present a surreal vision of mankind's reckless destruction of our environment, along with a few observations and interpretations of personal isolation, life in the digital age, greed, and the loss of national and human ideals.

  • The Land of the Free

    Acrylic on canvas, 36"x24", 2014. Our nation is often called "the land of the free", but you wouldn't always know it.
  • Sorrow

    Acrylic on canvas, 36"x45", 2005. Isolation and loneliness in the social media age.
  • Missionary Position

    Acrylic on canvas, 40"x48", 2003.
  • Game Over

    Acrylic on canvas, 24"x36", 2014. Fun with HTML tags.
  • The Infrastructure of America

    Acrylic on canvas, 18"x24", 2014. The basic infrastructure of our nation is literally crumbling all around us. Bridges, dams, highways, everything we rely on from transportation to the water supply is on the verge of failure. Our system of public works used to be the envy of the world, now it is a rusting mess.
  • ...To Your Own Tune

    Acrylic on canvas, 20"x16", 2013. Rock and roll.
  • Gorilla at the Threshold

    Acrylic on canvas, 16"x20", 2003. Be careful what you genetically engineer!
  • A Dying Breed

    Acrylic on canvas. 17"x43", 2001. Me vs. the world. Sometimes I actually win.
  • It Ain't Easy Being Green

    It Ain't Easy Being Green
    Acrylic on canvas, 28"x36", 2008.
  • Full Tilt Boogie

    Acrylic on canvas, 45"x35.5", 2015. When our habitat is destroyed, when our home is gone, we will have no-one to blame but ourselves. Nature will go on. Without us.


Creating the sensation of motion through the blending of color and shape, I like to keep the eye moving with pattern, texture, and subtle symmetries of dark and light. The eye should never rest. Even when asleep, the brain provides visual imagery and color in the form of dreams. This means that the eye demands stimulation, day or night, awake or asleep. I cannot deny that many of my abstract pieces have been influenced by dream imagery generated in my sleep.

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