When boys were playing 'cowboys and indians', Michel was sitting in the poultry yard of the family farm trying to understand the behavior of chickens, geese and ducks. Walks in the countryside were for him a discovery of the diversity of the flora and fauna of « Les Landes » where he was born and raised .
When young people, his contempories we having parties, Michel was content to study and contemplate the beauty of nature which deply affected his interior life . Therefore it was understandable that he went to study horticulture at B.T.S in Antibes and that he refused to do military service but instead did civil service with F.R.A.P.N.A ( association protection nature ) for two years.
Michel's interest in painting came much later, during a long illness. At first he used crayons, afterwards water colour. Then came the encounter with soft pastel . For Michel it was a revelation. He had found a fascinating medium.
Michel attended courses in drawing in Villepinte, Carcassonne, and also in Feytiat during an International Festival of soft Pastel, organised by the association « Pastelliste de France » . His talent continued to evolve helped by numerous lectures and visits to Art Museums. He likes to work alone and sees solitude a necessary foundation for refection and meditation . This is reflected in his paintings.
The choice of subjects for his paintings is influenced by his experiences while growing up in Les Landes . He lived among flowers and animals, contemplating their beauty, their fragility and also their strength, defending themselves against the neglect and intrusion of men.
His paintings resemble himself . They are fragil and sensitive yet communicate an energy and force difficult to explain , perhaps it is to see quickly what is essential. Then look simple but they are windows for us to see how the word is managed . Michel does not use any varnish on his soft pastel . He prefers to leave the material as pure as possible, keeping the quality of the colour.
Since 2005 he has been a member of the « L'avant théâtre »in Villepinte .