Jones, was born in Macclesfield,
Cheshire, England in 1956 and came to Australia with his parents and
his sister, Carole, in 1968.
Michael has painted and drawn since an early age and has steadily
strived to learn more. As Picasso once said, "You don't become an
artist, you are one!"
having lived in the western suburbs of Sydney for many years, he moved
to Broken Hill, NSW, in 1989, with the NSW Police Force. There,
he became friends with Pro
Hart, they found that they had some things in common, they both painted
and had a love of motorcycles, (Michael was a motorcycle officer for
years) Pro was Michael's landlord and used to sell his paintings in the
Anthill Gallery in Broken Hill.
Whilst living in that outback
city, Michael became friends with quite a few of the outback artists,
Howard Steer, Shane Gehlert, Kym Hart, Peter Browne and Michael's
mentor, Clark Barrett. By visiting all these different artists
and absorbing all the advice and instruction, Michael's paintings
have developed and are continuing to develope, his confidence with
colour, tone and shape have come ahead in leaps and bounds since his
with Broken Hill.
Over the years, Michael has moved to different locations
around Australia, In 1998, after an accident during a high
speed pursuit, Michael was pensioned off from the Police.
In 1999, Michael moved back to Broken Hill, living in an old
miners cottage in
Morgan Street, re-ignited old friendships and continued to paint
the colours of the outback which he
loves so much. In 2001, he got itchy feet again and purchased an old
gallery and cottage in the tin mining town of Derby, Tasmania,
where he continued to sell his paintings but with a Tasmanian slant on
them,he sold the gallery in 2003,moved to Maroochydore, QLD,
where he now paints full time.