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Michael is best known for his Skyscape paintings, and for his use of a strong color palette. Michael feels that the most interesting element in a landscape painting is the sky.

After graduating from the Cleveland Institute of Art, one the nation’s leading art and design institutes, Michael persued a successful design career, winning numerous awards in both the U.S., and Europe, he has returned to his original passion – the fine arts.


A landscape is static, and of little interest until the sky acts upon it. The sky sets the mood. It controls the color and light of the landscape, and provides a sense of movement to the painting.

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Afternoon at the lake

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Early morning storm

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Evening on the Bainbridge Farm

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Johnson's field

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Michael M Kraniski


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Creek in the field