Michael Marcotte is a professional artist working as a painter, sculptor, muralist, and faux finisher since 1995. Born in Quebec in the town of Val d’Or, he was raised in a military family primarily in Ontario. He currently lives in Tobermory, Ontario where the flawless vistas and scenery are a constant inspiration. Michael focuses primarily on capturing the images of Tobermory; both above and below the shoreline. His most recent works capture the iconic lighthouses, rock monuments, and underwater shipwrecks.
Graduating from The Ontario College of Art in 1995 in Drawing and Painting, Michael has spent years in art shows and traveling to explore culture and the art that is inspired by it. In 1994-1995 he studied in Florence, Italy as part of the OCA program under Michelle White. Some of his recent notable exhibitions include the OCAD Alumni Show in Toronto, ON in 2012, “Changing Weather” at the National Park Visitor Centre in Tobermory, ON in 2012 and “Paint Ontario” Juried Art Show at the Lambton Heritage Museum in 2011. Michael also participates in the not for profit sector and currently sits on the board of directors for Mural Routes in Scarborough, ON.
Over the years, Michael’s style initially lent itself to the world of impressionism and has developed into the paintings rooted in realism that he produces now. The change in style has paralleled Michael’s life experiences over the last twenty years. His passion for painting has always been complimented by his desire to recreate the world that he observes and experiences.
“Sometimes I create the world that I want to see if it is not there in front of me. All that I have done with these images is create the beginning of a lifelong collection of paintings that have begun in my mind from the world that I see day and night. I can only hope that my audience will explore these assorted brushstrokes that I have carefully combined for them.”