Full Biography


Painting in Plein-Air

Painting in Plein-Air

About His Paintings

In his paintings Michael Ressler tries to capture the moment of light and color. He attempts to capture the beauty of our common, overlooked surroundings and record the disappearing farms and open space. He typically paints landscapes that sometimes include water or buildings and enjoys painting in both oils and acrylic paints.


When painting, it is not the subject that excites him, but rather the shapes, contrast of values, color intensities and abstract design of the scene. He typically paints in his home studio working from his digital photos of local parks or countryside. On nice days Michael prefers working in Plein Air where he gets to enjoy the weather and feel the immediacy and rush to complete the painting on site.


Michael has an Impressionistic painting style using both brush and painting knife, often finishing the painting in five or less short painting sessions. When painting he starts with a charcoal outline of basic design, then does a monochromatic underpainting. Once dry, Michael then blocks in the basic colors focusing on the values and color intensities for the desired effect. He then completes the painting with multiple iterations of refinement in detail and color.


About His Past

Michael grew up in the suburbs of Lancaster, Pennsylvania where he was influenced by the Amish and rich local farming. Art was his favorite subject all through school and in high school he participated in many local outdoor art shows and exhibited in several local banks. Michael graduated with a BS Art Education degree from Kutztown University and taught art in a Maryland high school and middle school for a few years before changing careers. Recently Michael has refocused his spare time toward art and has been creating a steady body of new paintings over the last few years. He continues his art education through local workshops and studying his large collection of art books.


His Future Plans

Michael currently resides in Doylestown, PA which is the heart of beautiful and artistically rich Bucks County. He is now attempting to paint throughout the year particularly in the summer months. He enjoys exhibiting in the local outdoor art shows and can always be found doing a live painting demonstration during the show.


Gallery Representation

Michael’s work is currently represented by:         Rich Timmons Studio & Gallery

                                                                              3795 Route 202

                                                                              Doylestown, PA 18902

                                                                              (267) 247-5867



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