Michael Hartstein was born in 1946, in Los Angeles, California. His early interest in art began in grade school. While studying drawing and painting, art became a vehicle in class for learning about the life and culture of Mexico and South America. From that moment on, he was excited to use art as a medium to express the inexpressible beauty in life.
Michael has been painting for the last 50 years and is working out of his studio in Westlake Village, California. He has always enjoyed creating paintings about nature. From his early childhood, he studied every art book that was out there, learning art techniques from famous artists. His education in art has been in classes at The Art Center, Long Beach University, and Santa Monica College. His paintings have evolved over the years to an impressionistic style. In his love for nature, he likes to use bold colors, and textures and create a feeling of movement. Many paintings have water elements. Also, there is a lot of excitement and passion that he brings to his work. As he explores the subject that he wants to paint, he peels away the different layers to get to the essence of the subject.
Over the years, Michael has sold many paintings and has exhibited his art all over the United States.