native Michael Harrell received his BFA in graphic design from the
University of Georgia. Following graduation, he was a freelance
illustrator for MasterCard, American Express and Paramount Pictures and
exhibited with the Society of Illustrators at the Museum of American
Illustration in New York.
early 1990s, Harrell was devoting his full attention to fine art and
exhibiting his work with the Salmagundi Club of New York, the
Philadelphia Watercolor Club, and the North American Marine Arts Society
in Gloucester, Massachusetts. His paintings have also been the subject
of feature articles in American Artist Watercolor Magazine, Artists
Sketchbook and The Artist's Magazine.
Nantucket, Massachusetts to the far reaches of the Florida panhandle and
the Bahamas, Michael Harrell is almost always close to the water.
Observing from shore, sailing on the bay or deep in the marshes at low
tide with a third generation oysterman, Harrell moves quietly among the
timeless moods of coastal living, recording real people in real
environments with a depth of perception well beyond his years.