Michael Kinsley

Michael Kinsley

For fifty years, Michael has been fortunate to live in the mountains of Colorado, each year more profoundly enthralled by the magic of the natural world. Many of Michael’s paintings pursue that magic, reflecting time-honored schools of landscape painting. Other canvases spin into abstraction, many interpreting natural phenomena, especially rock textures and patterns.

Occasionally, Michael has experimented with paintings that accentuated, even exaggerated the sinuous shapes in nature; some obvious, others obscure. Since early 2019, and more so during the covid isolation, he has explored this idea more deeply, which is reflected in his Fluidic-Landscapes paintings. Early twentieth-century Canadian painters, Emily Carr and Franklin Carmichael inspired Michael to expand his work in this area — now his primary focus.

Despite the apparent serenity and immutability of Michael’s landscapes, the viewer may detect the feeling, as the artist clearly does, that these beloved scenes are fragile and in jeopardy. Michael has been an advocate for these places for his entire adult life.

Michael’s primary subjects are Western Colorado and Southeast Utah. He paints his smaller pieces on site. Larger landscapes are based on his outside sketches, his abstracts on interesting textures and potent shapes in Nature. He works primarily in oil, occasionally in acrylic, especially for abstracts. Supports include stretched canvas, board, canvas on board, burlap, and wallboard mud with sand.

Michael has lived in the Roaring Fork valley of Colorado since 1970. He is a conflict-resolution practitioner and facilitator, was a county commissioner from ’75 to ’85, and worked for Rocky Mountain Institute from ’83 to 2016.


  • 1990-2020      Toklat Gallery, Basalt CO
  • 2020      Dragonfly Blue Gallery, Taos NM
  • 2015      809 Gallery, Glenwood Springs CO
  • 2009      Aspen Artists Cooperative, Aspen CO
  • 2001      Redstone Art Center, Redstone CO
  • 1999      Woody Creek Art Studio, Woody Creek CO
  • 1995      Upper Edge Gallery, Aspen CO

Community Venues

Many exhibitions, Including juried shows, for thirty years:

  • Redstone Labor Day Art Show
  • The Art Base, Basalt CO
  • Carbondale Arts, Carbondale CO
  • Red Brick Center for the Arts, Aspen CO
  • Aspen Chapel Gallery, Aspen CO
  • Mining Museum, Leadville CO
  • Aspen Art Museum, Aspen CO

Corporate Collections

  • Rocky Mountain Institute, Basalt CO
  • Valley View Hospital, Glenwood Springs CO