Being a car guy, with the same keen eye many hobbyist share, the technical accuracy of Michael's subject matter is as important as the setting and the story. So, having owned several Mustangs over the years, many of Michael's early pieces featured the famous Pony Car—he had the technical knowledge as well a an abundance of research and reference material at his fingertips. The result is a Ford portfolio that includes both classic and modern Mustang Fastbacks and Convertibles, Mach 1s, Boss 302s, Boss 429s and Shelbys. Not to mention the AC Cobra, Daytona Coupe, Cougar Eliminator and other big block Ford/Mercury beasts.
“Ford has definitely kept the muscle car alive with it's continuous production of the Mustang. With the recent retro styling by the Big 3, we've seen some impressive examples of modern muscle. I started this series with the 2010 and 1969 Camaros. I planned on doing a painting featuring the Shelby, but didn't really know what direction to take it. When the... “Ford has definitely kept the muscle...Available
“Race rules dictated, that in order to qualify, a number of cars had to be made available to the public. So, for a lucky few who would own one, Ford built a street version Boss 302. I like the idea of getting behind the wheel of a powerful machine that was originally built to race! In this painting, I wanted to pay tribute to the history of the Boss 302s... “Race rules dictated, that in order...Available
"Whenever I see a green '67 or '68 Mustang fastback, I immediately, and without thinking, conjure up images of Lt. Frank Bullitt piloting his Mustang down the streets of San Francisco in pursuit of the menacing 1968 Charger. I can't help it. It just happens! From the first time I watched the movie, "Bullitt," I thought to myself ... "That looks like fun.... "Whenever I see a green '67 or '68...Available
“In doing this painting, I had to decide if it would be a truly historically accurate piece, depicting a single event with a specific car. Or, taking a bit more creative license, creating a day and scene, based on real events, with 5 of Shelby's top performers that may have raced at Le Mans from '63-'67. I decided to take the creative route and... “In doing this painting, I had to...Available
“It seemed to me the perfect setting for Thoroughbreds was that of a country ranch. It gave me the opportunity to show these wild horses 'corralled'."- MICHAEL IRVINE “It seemed to me the perfect setting...Available