Born in Beloit, Wisconsin, Michael Story was encouraged to draw in his childhood. After his family relocated to South Carolina in 1968, Story earned his BFA in Fine Art from the University of South Carolina in 1975. He later traveled to New York, studying oil and pastel painting under internationally known artist, Daniel Greene. Today, Story is an award-winning artist and member of the Oil Painters of America. He regularly teaches oil, acrylic and pastel painting, guest lectures, and juries art shows throughout the United States. His client list of private buyers and corporate collectors continues to grow, including the Marriott Corporation, Palmetto Health Richland and Palmetto Health Baptist, Providence Health Columbia, Progressive Energy of Florida, Richland Heart Hospital, The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island, Holiday Inn, Lexington Medical Center, Flour Corporation in Erving Texas, Nephron Pharmaceuticals, and Walt Disney World. Michael has work showcased in the Bush Presidential Library in Houston Texas, and his paintings have been reproduced by major publishers such as Canadian Art Prints of British Columbia and distributed worldwide.
Art and music are rooted in my family history. My great uncle and grandmother were jazz musicians and my grandfather, who was a professional artist, was my first teacher. From a very young age, I knew that I only wanted to be an artist so I feel fortunate to have always been encouraged by my family to follow that dream. Having lived in the south most of my adult life, I’ve often found inspiration for my art by traveling the coastal waterways and interior vistas stretching from North and South Carolina, Georgia and Florida. I love exploring the interconnections where land and water meet. People want to be near water, both real and imagined, as it exudes a calm that seems magical. In the studio, I’ve discovered that sense of calm often transcends the painting process when water is incorporated into the composition.