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About Me

I am an ARTIST and PHOTOGRAPHER living in Southern California.  I love taking my photos and discovering the possibilities of the digital darkroom - basically painting with the pixels in my digital images.  


I’ve had my artwork exhibited throughout Southern California, including the San Diego Art Institute and the Orange County Center for Contemporary Art.  My pieces have also been shown in Manhattan, Cambridge, Massachusetts, and at Boise State University, where one critic described my art as being “the most comical and simultaneously heartbreaking work in the show”.


I exhibit each summer at the Sawdust Art Festival in Laguna Beach, California.



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My Latest Children's Book! Available on Amazon

Explore a whole new world in A Is For Antarctica, ABC Book. As you learn the alphabet, you will journey across the ice-covered content of Antarctica and meet the delightful penguins and seals that call it home. Each letter features exciting illustrations with text that encourages learning through repetitive use of letters and interactive directions that engage the learner. A Is For Antarctica, An ABC Book is a children's picture book of fantastic discoveries that entertains and educates; new readers will want to return to this world time and again!

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Available on Amazon

Learn the alphabet with man’s best friend in my book, D is For Doggies, An ABC Book.  Dogs of all sizes, shapes, and colors bound through these pages, delighting new and advanced readers alike.  Each letter is featured with one of my whimsical dogs; and engaging text encourages learning through simple questions, repetitive use of letters, and clear directions that invite participation in the reading experience.

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Michael Thorstensen - Laguna Cowpoke Design