Michael Orwick has pursued his interest in Art studying first at the University of Oregon and then completing his education at the Pacific Northwest College of Arts, where he received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Illustration, with a strong emphasis on Painting and Graphic Design.
"To put on canvas what I see, perceive and feel has long been my goal as I work elements such as sound, smell, and memories into my art. If I can interpret and convey these intangibles on a subconscious level, then I feel successful and I get excited about what is basically a non-stop education."
His style today tends to be a combination of tight and realistic representation with a painterly approach and impressionistic touch that adds passion and motion to the final pieces.
Just under two years ago, Michael took the leap and quit his day job to do art full time. Setting up a studio in his home, he took on the company name Orwick Illustration and immediately started doing murals and contract work for various small companies, as well as portraiture for friends and neighbors.
"I'm very lucky, I have a strong support base of people who believe in me, not to mention a very lovely and understanding wife." Over the past years time Michael has proved to be a focused artist with a strong work ethic. He enjoys developing inventive ideas and images through the information and input he gathers on all levels. He has freelance experience in advertising, children's literature, posters and portraiture. His work is displayed throughout the Portland metropolitan area.
To find out more about this young up and comer, you can view his work at his new web site www.michaelorwick.com
-Hillsboro Argus 2001
artists are not only mirrors of the world but also keepers of the soul, we must often work to not only editorialize current events and the sentiments of the masses, it is often our job to work as a counter balance. In a world of greed we need to give more then ever, in a world of pain it is our chance to console, and in a world of doubt and uncertainty it is our job to evoke hope and to remind our selves of the beautiful basics of humanity
Will Vinton Studios, Portland, OR 1999 - Storyboarding
Orwick Illustration, Hillsboro, OR 2001 - Owner / Free Lance Artist
Teaching for Hillsboro Parks and Rec, & Heritage Arts Studio
GROUP JURIED EXIBNITIONS
2003 - North Beach Gallery, San Francisco, Ca
2003 - Art Work Gallery, New York, NY
2003 - PNCA Alumni Show, Portland, OR
2003 - Studio 2 Gallery, Sherwood, OR
2002 - First Place Emerging Artist Competition, GA
2002 - Duirwaigh Gallery, GA
2002 - Yoshida's Fine Art Gallery, Portland, OR
2001 - Hillsboro Festival of the Arts, Hillsboro, OR
2001 - 1st Thursday in the Pearl "Street Show," Portland, OR
2001 - Fine Arts and Wine Festival, Beaverton, OR
2001 - Beaverton Mall Gallery, Beaverton, OR
2001 - Beaverton City Hall, America, Beaverton, OR
2001 - Lebanon Hospital, Lebanon, OR
2000 - PNCA Juried Painters show, Portland, OR
2000 - PNCA Illustrators, Portland, OR
2000 - Thesis Show, Portland, OR
ONE AND TWO PERSON EXIBITIONS
1999 - Ron's Salon, Portland, OR.
1999 - Lowbrow Restaurant's 1st Thursday, Portland, OR.
1999 - PNCA Student Show Portland, OR.
2001 - Billy Reeds, Portland, OR.
2001-2002 - 1st Thursday in the Pearl "Street Show," Portland, OR
2002 - B.J.'s, Hillsboro, OR
Artist in Residence/Member - Hillsboro Community of Arts, Hillsboro, OR 2001
Member - Hillsboro Area Chamber of Commerce, Hillsboro, OR 2001
Member - Beaverton Arts Commission, Beaverton, OR 2001
After-school Art instructor, Witch Hazel Elementary, Hillsboro, OR 2001
BOOKS AND PUBLICATIONS
2004 - Blue Beads a story of friendship, book out in April 2004
2003 - Hillsboro Argus, Interview
2003 - Crystal and Glass in the Irish Forest, Laura Boitano Productions
2003 - Society of Children's Book Writes and Illustrators, Interview, Bob Griggs
2003 - Fairies (book), Bastion Press
2002 - Oregonian, Interview
2002 - Hillsboro Argus, Interview
2002 - Spells And Magic, Guild craft, Bastion Press
2000 - 2001 - Old Chicago, Tannasborne & Clackamas, OR
2000 - 2001 - La Estellita Mexican Restaurants, Woodburn & Salem, OR
2001 - Levine & Sons (Jack Daniels & Smirnoff Contacts), Clackamas, OR
2001 - Billy Reeds, Portland, OR