Michael Smith-Sardior is a second generation Arizona native who has lived in Flagstaff since 1994.
His initial formal training in a variety of visual media took place at Glendale Community College in the '70s, and continues today via classroom, workshops, and independent studies. His skill in photography, while largely self-taught, is solidly based in traditional tenets of composition, and further honed by freelance work in advertising and publishing.
Michael's subject matter ranges from sacred places to lunar cycles; from portraits of people and animals to studies of insects and plants; from celebrations of light and beauty to lamentations of enslavement.
As an accomplished artist fuses life and work, a unique style emerges. For Michael this has been a decades-long journey of spiritual exploration and study, personal loss and self-discovery. He is a student of Shamanism, a gardener, mentor, musician, and photographer. He lives modestly in a small home with family, cats, a homemade greenhouse, and several current projects. Michael corresponds with friends around the world, enjoying their company and learning how to better portray the universal concepts depicted in his photos.