Michael Hepburn is a Greenock artist who specialises in pastel paintings. He prefers pastels because of the wide range of pre-mixed colour variations and soft appearance of the finished work. His main aim is to produce a warm naturalistic effect; through colour, light and tonal values.
Michael’s paintings cover a number of genres; including seascapes, landscapes, portraits, still life and wildlife. He grew up near the Firth of Clyde, which is a place with a long shipbuilding tradition, and why maritime art is his favourite genre.
His work is exhibited at The Royal Scottish Academy, The Royal Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts, The Pastel Society in London and a variety of other galleries throughout the UK.
Among Michael’s favourite artists are Michelangelo, Albrecht Durer, Jan Vermeer and Edgar Degas. All four artists have influenced Michael’s work, and his style of painting has been likened to that of French Impressionist Alfred Sisley.
His work resides in a number of private collections. Namely those of the McLean Museum, the late Sir Arnold Clark, Clyde Maritime Trust, Clydeport and Clyde Shipping Tugs.