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Michael Stockdale was born in Paris of British and French ancestry and spent his early youth on the Left Bank. He studied art in France and Belgium and worked in Europe in film animation, publishing and illustration before moving to Montreal to work in advertising. Michael started to paint in the early 1990s, first in watercolours, then in acrylics and oils. By the middle of the decade, painting became his full-time occupation. Michael’s work is a celebration of life and possesses a storytelling quality. A very personal vision of his surroundings as well as primary importance given to colour and composition produces dreamlike, whimsical scenes that engage the viewer’s imagination. Michael has lived in Vancouver, British Columbia since 1996.