Michael Porter was born 1948 in Derbyshire, a county renowned for its rugged natural beauty. As a child he made the most of his surroundings by walking and climbing in the dales. Michael completed both undergraduate and postgraduate studies at Chelsea School of Art and finished his academic training as a Fellow in Fine Art at Gloucestershire College of Art. From 1974 he worked in the same studio in Hackney, East London until his move to Cornwall in 1997.
Michael's work has been regularly exhibited in museums and contemporary galleries in London, Europe and America. Michael has been awarded "The National Gallery Artist in residence", "The Lorne Award London University", "The Odin Award RWA" and an Honorary doctorate from Derby University. For the past 20 years he has worked exclusively from the landscape. Michael always uses locations that he has been familiar with over long periods of time as the paintings incorporate both time past and time present.