Michael Hames was born in Ontario in 1952 but was mostly raised in southern Alberta. He studied at the Alberta College of Art and upon graduation in 1975, was awarded the Elizabeth Greenshields Memorial Foundation grant. After teaching drawing at Selkirk College in the late 1970s, and supporting himself as a tower man on fire lookouts in the mountains of southern Alberta, Michael headed to the west coast. Here he supplemented his income as an illustrator while beginning in earnest to show his artwork in a variety of venues, the result of which led to his twice exhibiting in Canada’s National Museum. The last decade has seen Michael’s artistic career flourish. Not content to rely on what’s become easy, Michael is constantly experimenting with media and technique. Equally competent in graphite, oil, mixed media and sculpture, Michael is a strong advocate of the original print, refusing to go to the photo-lithographic and giclee route so many have embraced.
In November of 2009, Michael was honoured with a second Elizabeth Greenshields Memorial Foundation grant, and in early 2010, two of his works were accepted for purchase by the Nova Scotia Art bank.
Michael has called Nova Scotia home since 2008.