Original Watercolor Paintings

From the Creative and Surreal Imagination of Artist Michael Irvine

Independent from many other artists today, Michael’s work is created without the aid of technology—each piece is entirely hand-drawn and hand-painted in watercolor. Using photographs for technical reference only, Michael's paintings are not photo replicas, but wholly his own creation. From his imagination and original concept to sketchbook to custom mixed colors masterfully blended on a cold pressed watercolor board, each painting delivers an authenticity unique to Michael's style. 

Vibrant. Imaginative. Compelling.

Described by many as 'living art', Michael’s paintings take you on an incredible journey of discovery as you explore his unique, high impact creations. Pulling on inspiration from the world around him—brilliant skies, incredible sunsets, amazing landscapes, memorable movies, and more—each work of art tells a story, giving you a glimpse into the surreal, creative imagination of one of North America’s top artists.

Being a difficult, sometimes tedious, and often unforgiving medium to work with, watercolor requires time, patience and extensive planning as the translucent paint offers little room for errors and no room for do-overs.

Each painting begins with multiple sketches, tonal studies and research. Another layer of complexity is added when you realize how far Michael goes to provide technical accuracy in his work. Year, make, model, color, options, wheels and tires take no backseat to the aesthetic beauty of the art when Michael is creating a final piece for true car enthusiasts.

As an full time artist, Michael only releases 3 to 4 works a year. The hundreds of hours spent on each painting are visible in the subtle details alone. With an impressive portfolio spanning from wildlife to landscape to architectural illustration, Michael has an eye for design and detail that goes beyond the ordinary. Though his talent is expansive, Michael’s genuine passion has always been for the automobile.  

Begin you collection today.

For information about, and availability on, a particular original watercolor painting, please visit the painting's page [see top menu bar]. Contact the Studio to discuss adding one to your collection.