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Michael Godfrey

Michael Godfrey, Winter's Finery, Oil on board, 16 x 20 inches
Michael Godfrey, Winter's Finery, Oil on board, 16 x 20 inches


Michael Godfrey is a representational landscape artist whose work hangs in many private and corporate collections. Born in Germany in 1958 and raised in North Carolina, he earned a BFA in Fine Arts and began his painting career in oils and watercolors. He spends hours field sketching and photographing, preparing for a well thought out painting.

Selected Exhibitions

2008          Booth Museum of Western Art, Cartersville, GA

2007         Quest for the West Invitational, Indianapolis, IN

2004         Somerville Manning Gallery, Greenville, DE

2004         Sea to Shining Sea: A Reflection of America, Traveling exhibit presented by The Haggin Museum, Stockton, CA

2004         Big Sur Paint Out, Invitational Exhibition sponsored by Big Sur Land Trust, Big Sur, CA

1998-2010     National Wildlife Museum Miniatures Show, Jackson, WY

1998-2008     Peppertree Invitational, Santa Inez, CA

1998, ’97, ’96     National Museum of Wildlife Art, Jackson Hole, WY

1996         Somerville Manning Gallery, Greenville, DE

1995         Gene Autry Museum, Annual Classic American Western Show, Los Angeles, CA

1990, ’92-’96     Art for the Parks Top 100

1989         Capitol Hill Juried Exhibition

1988         Potomac Watercolor Society Juried Exhibition

1988         Baltimore Watercolor Society Juried Exhibition


1982          BFA, East Carolina University

Selected Awards and Honors

2010          Best in Show, American Art Invitational, Denver, CO

2010         Best in Show, Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters National Exhibit

2007          Quest for the West Palette Award, Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, Indianapolis, IN

2004         People’s Choice Award, Big Sur Paint Out, Big Sur, CA

1998         Bronze Medal, Yellowstone National Park Purchase Award, Yellowstone National Park, WY

1996         Bronze Medal for Landscape Painting – Arts for the Parks, Jackson Hole, WY

1991         Painting “First Light” selected to hang in the Russian Embassy, Art in the Embassies Program

1990, ’91, ’93, ’95, ’97     Top 100, Arts for the Parks, Jackson Hole, WY