Mostly I create photographic images to express my vision of women, confident and strong, through my use of bold, experimental lighting, posing and/or color.
Michael Coakes grew up with the influence of the 60s and 70s pop culture and an attraction to a diverse array of artists from Mucha to Rembrandt, Michael displayed a serious passion for art even in his preteen years.
As a mostly self-taught artist he has created many drawings, paintings and photographs in the years since. His predominant style early in his artistic career was photo-realist painting.
More recently his mediums and concentrations have expanded to include photography.
He shows his work in gallery exhibits frequently and his work is in private collections around the world.