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Michael Harrell is rarely far from the water. From his native Florida panhandle to the Bahamas, and up along the barrier islands of Georgia and South Carolina to Nantucket, Massachusetts, Harrell moves quietly among the timeless moods of coastal living, recording real people in real environments with a depth of perception well beyond his years. Observing from shore, sailing on the bay or moving through the marshes with a third generation oysterman, Michael Harrell provides rare insight into the life at the ocean's edge. Michael Harrell received a BFA degree in graphic design from the University of Georgia and immediately became a freelance illustrator for MasterCard, American Express and Paramount Pictures. At the same time, Harrell began exhibiting with the Society of Illustrators at the Museum of American Illustration and the Salmagundi Club in New York City, the Philadelphia Watercolor Club, Philadelphia and the North American Marine Arts Society in Gloucester, Massachusetts.