Michael Short Fine Art
Michael Short was born in Salisbury Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) and developed a love for drawing and painting at an early age. Together, with this interest in art and art history, came a love of all things mechanical especially aircraft. After completing high school Michael travelled to the UK to study at the West Surrey College of Art and Design in Farnham Surrey. It was while he was in England that he became acquainted with the works of the masters and through observation he was able to develop his painting skills. In 1985 he came to the United States to learn to fly and maintain aircraft and earned his private pilot’s license as well as an airframe and power plant maintenance certificate.
Short’s varied art and technical aviation training suit him well for his artistic career. In his paintings, Michael wishes to create a feeling of "being there" and to this end he believes that the use of light is the principle element in the building of atmosphere and mood. Recently he has turned his attention towards the Animals of his native Africa and feels that their conservation is of utmost importance.
Michael has released a number of limited edition prints signed by the likes of Chuck Yeager, David Lee “Tex” Hill and SR-71 pilots Bob Gilliland and Jim Eastham. He also recently completed a commission for Rick Perry Governor of Texas. In 2000 Michael became a member of the Air Force Art Program and was asked to do a painting of the Beech Raytheon Texan II trainer. His originals can be found in many private collections and his is a three time winner of Experimental Aircraft Association Par Excellence award in 1999, 2001 and 2002.
His other interests include vintage aircraft and he is a member of the Antique Airplane Association, the Vintage Aviation Historical Foundation and a life time member of the Spitfire Society. He lives in Pflugerville Texas.