Michael Coleman was born and raised in Provo, Utah and spent his boyhood hunting, fishing, and trapping throughout the Rocky Mountains. Early on, he decided to pursue a career in art, studying at Brigham Young University. His paintings are rich in detail and muted in tone, true to the remote landscapes he chooses to illustrate. The Indian encampments, wildlife, and hunting subjects portrayed against these magnificent backdrops are rendered in such a way as to give viewers the sense that they are gazing into the past.
Coleman loves best the dusky, grey, misty, muted tones of fall and early winter. His paintings evoke the early 19th century masters of the Hudson River School, artists whom he credits with deeply influencing his art. The mood he captures is one to which all painters of the mystique, power, tradition, and lore of the West aspire.