Artist Information: Born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, in 1950, my first home was a trailer traveling from Oklahoma to Ohio, where my family settled. Growing up in a small, Midwestern town, I longed to see other places. Most years, we would take driving vacations to Florida or Michigan. These early road trips are among my fondest childhood memories and set the direction of my life.
In the late 1960s and early '70s, I attended Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio studying psychology, anthropology, and art, earning a BFA in 1973. I discovered the paintings of Edward Hopper and the photography of Robert Frank (The Americans) whose work started me down a road I continue to travel today.
"I came to the West nearly 30 years ago, seduced by the spectacular landscapes, the big sky, and the character and diversity of its people. I have visually explored its vastness in many media and styles. I relish road trips, collecting images with the camera, then, in the studio, recreating not just the image, but the soul of a place."
Michael Baum specializes in contemporary representational paintings of the western and southwestern landscape. He is represented in many private, corporate, and public collections nationally and internationally.