|Michael Sturdy began to study art when he was in his teens.
He won a Gold Key from National Scholastics in 1988 for his
painting, "Dancing Stalks", an abstract-expressionist interpretation
of corn stalks being blown about by the wind in the setting sun of
Since then, he has continued to paint in the abstract-expressionist
style. However, his style varies in that it attempts, not only to release
the image, but to release the texture, the hue and the light of
the emotive connections to the conscious mind through form
Although Sturdy was born in Detroit, Michigan, he grew up on the
outskirts of Detroit in Plymouth, Michigan. He now lives in Yokohama,
Japan where he teaches English and American Literature. He is currently
working on a series which attempts to release the conscious mind's
vision of nature.
In addition to painting, Sturdy is also a writer and a poet.
His first short story,"John Walker, the wonders of his head"
was published in the magazine, "Yeah, Whatever!" in 1988.
Since then, he has published poetry in English and in Japanese.
His works, "LineWalking" and "Expressions with the
Hand" are still in print. He is currently working on a collection
entitled, "Dharma's Daifuku," which is scheduled for publication
some time in 2010.