Michael Patterson was born in Hudson, NY into a family of painters. Howard Ashman Patterson, his grandfather, was an established American painter.
Michael graduated from Suny Purchase with honors in painting, printmaking, and sculpture. He has been painting for thirty-five years or so, doing extensive traveling for inspiration.
His travels include Vermont, Maine, California, New Mexico, Hawaii, Costa Rica, Ecuador, and Europe. He lived in France for several years. Michael has shown his work in Europe and the U.S., primarily in the Northeast.
His work focuses on how light and reflected light effects color. The positive and negative shapes work together to create the graphic energy of his compositions, setting the rhythm of the image and influencing where the viewer’s eye travels. Organic shapes juxtapose the geometric shapes, his lines flow throughout, interrupted, yet continuous.
His subjects most always includes the human figure wherever it may be, in rainy city streets, in the sun on sparkling waters; faces, hands, under the dappled sunlight, people at the beach, people playing music and expressing feelings. People are the main subject of most of his creation.  
In addition, Michael expresses his creativity creating sculptures in stone and clay, both figurative and abstract.
His work is in over 500 private and corporate collections in the United States and Europe.