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Michael Kraniski

Everyone is blessed with a gift from God. Such gifts might be a great mind, leadership abilities, or simply to be a good listener. Then there are some that have been blessed to be an artist. Michael took being an artist seriously when he received his first commission in his teens.


Michael’s process for doing abstract paintings is experimental; he pokes around a bit without a preconceived notion of what the outcome will be. It is always a surprise to him. As Michael critiques his work, he tries to take the role of the observer. Ensuring that the person viewing his work will experience the outcome in the same way he did during the creative process.


Although much of Michael’s work is abstract, his creative range is wide. Michael is also best known for his “Skyscape” paintings, and for his use of a strong color palette.  Michael feels that the most interesting element in a landscape painting is the sky.  Landscapes are static, and of little interest until the sky acts upon them. The sky sets the mood.  It controls the color and light of the landscape, and provides a sense of movement to the painting. His paintings are representational, and in all the paintings the atmosphere or mood is most important.


After graduating from the Cleveland Institute of Art, one the nation’s leading art and design institutes, Michael, purused a successful design career, winning numerous awards in both the U.S., and Europe, he has returned to my original passion – the fine arts.



Michael is represented by The Garden Gallery in Carlisle, PA, and the DISTRICT Arts Gallery in Frederick, MD. He is also a member of the Hershey Area Art Association, the Berks Art Alliance, and the Pottstown Area Artists Guild. Over the past few years, he has shown in a number of other galleries in PA and MD, along with the Mt. Gretna Arts Festival, Artsfest of Greater Harrisburg, and other art festivals in PA and MD. In the fall of 2019 he received second place in the Fusion Art – International 3rd Annual Skies Art Competition.

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