I've always gravitated towards art and creating.
As a youngster in Ohio, I remember often getting my hands dirty with markers, crayons, and paint. Growing up wasn't always easy for me, but being I found a kernel of confidence in being artistic. I loved my creative, nerdy pursuits.
In high school, one of my art teachers sagely suggested I should consider a career in design, and it just made so much sense to me. It clicked.
I earned my degree in design in 2002 and moved on to a rewarding career working in technology and user experience. It's a bit unbelievable to me that I can claim nearly 20 years of experience in the interactive space, but here I am. I now call the Pacific Northwest and Seattle home.
It was time for something new—something just for me and you.
In 2018 I realized I wanted to add another layer to my creative pursuits. I missed creating art for art's sake. I needed to give space to my passion for pure visual expression and creating beautiful objects.
I launched Michael Grace & Co as a new venue. It allows me to combine my love for technology with my desire to create on a personal scale. My goal is to offer one-of-a-kind art prints and decor at affordable prices.
With my work, I aim for playful sophistication.
Details are everything. While my compositions are typically abstract, they are informed by my life experiences and tangible inspirations: nature, travel, architecture, graphic design, and fashion.
I love a bold visual statement, with strong contrasts or vivid color. My work is largely created in the digital space yet contains natural, manipulated textures from the real world. By combining sharp, digital geometric forms with gestural, naturalistic elements, a unique tension can be achieved. Every piece is a crafted, personal artistic expression by way of contemporary design and modern living.
Thank you for visiting my little shop.
I sincerely hope you enjoy my work. Feel free to reach out with any questions or feedback!
Before you go, a favor.
Please offer love to those nerdy, atypical kids that might struggle to find their place in the world. I donate a portion of proceeds from my shop to local Seattle organizations that are working to create a world where LGBTQ+ young people are free to live equally and know their worthiness. I was once one of those young people, and the support of others meant everything.