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Michael Connors

Michael Connors
I am a native of New Jersey, the son of special education teachers. At the age of 1 2, I
began taking weekend lessons at a comic book drawing school in New Jersey and under
the encouragement of my parents, I would spend my teenage years traveling to drawing
and painting workshops in the New York Metro area. After two years at Sullivan County
Community College art program and the unfortunate lost of my parents, I went to work for
local advertising agencies to support myself. While my career progressed as a digital artist
and multi-media programmer, drawing continued to be my passion and something that
occupied a lot of my free time. In 2000, I moved to the Lower East Side of Manhattan and
took painting classes at the Education Alliance taught by Paul Lucchesi. Next, I learned the
Frank Reilly method of painting at the Art Students League under the tutelage of Jack
Faragasso. At the Grand Central Academy Atelier, I learned the art of portraiture from Scott
Waddell and Joshua LaRock. Currently, I find meetups and workshops in New York to work
on my craft and pursue my passion for painting and drawing.
I work in oils on canvas and charcoals in a representational style, although I do not try for a
photo-realistic effect. I strive to create an image that grabs the viewer as a painting but
clearly represents the subject and conveys a greater message that is seen from below the

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