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Signature Profiles

Michael Grygiel


Reflections at Hug Point. 2012. Watercolor. 14 x 20"

Bush Pilot. 1993. Watercolor. 14 x 20"

Guardian. 2013. Watercolor. 14 x 20"

Artist Bio

Mike is a native of the Pacific Northwest. He was born at Ft. Lewis, Washington in 1945 and, while growing up in a military family as well as during his own military service, has always called the Puget Sound area home.

Mike’s professional training is as an engineer. He graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His skills as an artist are self acquired. He has lived in Norway, Panama, Korea and throughout the United States. Throughout his career art and painting have been a constant background and source of satisfaction. It was not until his assignment to the Panama Canal in 1974, however, that maritime art became a major interest.

In 1979 Mike and his family left the military and returned to Washington. Since that time he has drawn extensively on the maritime and outdoor material of the region as material for his art. He works primarily in watercolor and graphite.

Mike’s work is in private collections throughout the country and abroad. Several of his paintings have been used as gifts for departing members of the US Coast Guard Academy staff. His work has been selected as part of the Coast Guard Art Collection and one of his paintings is in the collection of the USCG Barque “Eagle”. He has been among both the top 100 and top 200 finalists in the National Park Service Arts for the Parks competition. In addition he has shown work in the Coos Bay Maritime Art Exhibit and been included numerous times in the Foss Maritime calendar.

He is a member of the American Society of Marine Artists, the Coast Guard Artist Program and the Puget Sound Group of Northwest Painters. He is represented by the Kirsten Gallery in Seattle, Washington, Powers Winery and Things Worth Keeping in Richland Washington.

In addition to painting, Mike enjoys sailing on his boat, which is moored in Poulsbo, mountain climbing, kayaking, skiing, astronomy and photography.

Mike and his wife, Kathy, live in Richland, Washington.