“Michael brings his own visual and conceptual vocabulary to the canvas, using a figurative mode of representation that conveys meaning other than the literal. His allegorical images often contain, but are not limited to, irreverent and humorous characterizations.”
“Copeland invites us to come to our own conclusions, revealing just enough in his paintings to draw us in for the ride.”
My roots as an artist are in drawing, I like to start with the eye or an inspired shape and see who or what appears. My characters/images become their own stories, conveying complex ideas within the simplest renderings. I strive to accomplish this by the use of energetic line-work and exaggerated form.
I think of all mediums as interchangeable. My use of mixed media is an effort to connect to what lays outside the canvas, taking simple, easily recognizable materials, and elevating them to a place of importance within the composition. I strive to combine collage elements in a way that eliminates the boundaries between location and image by giving the subject and the environment equal billing.
A willing transplant from Riverside, California I embraced the expanse and light of the desert in 1985 and never looked back. As an art educator and gallery proprietor for over 20 years, I am devoted to the arts and art education, having conducted educational trips abroad for art students and currently painting excursions to Europe for adults.
My work is represented by Off The Beaten Path Gallery in Cloudcroft, NM, Agave Gallery, Mesilla, NM and the Historic Lincoln Gallery, Lincoln, NM
I invite you to visit my website at: [email protected]