Conceived in Poland, orphaned, adopted, raised in Leaside, Toronto.
Michael Herman pursued his art education at Ontario College of Art. He worked part-time while attending school.
Seeking a change, career opportunities took
him to Calgary, Alberta in the 1980’s.
His art education continued at the Alberta College of Art. While there he was awarded the $24,000 Alberta Heritage Fund Scholarship and graduated from the Visual Communications program in 1988 with sub-majors in intaglio printmaking and jewelry.
Michael’s education and work history has provided him with the ability to work in many diverse and creative fields. From the silkscreen sign shop to the design, planning and fabrication of Calgary Science Centre interactive exhibits.
Returning to Toronto in the early 1990’s, he worked as an art director for IBM Canada, Customer Service and Education, a graphic designer and illustrator for the National Film Board of Canada. His freelance illustration business led him into a full-time career doing editorial illustration and information graphics in the Toronto Star Newspaper newsroom from 2000 to 2010.
Michael’s recalls his childhood as an altar boy
basking below the ‘big colour’ of the ecumenical glass windows of St. Anselm’s church.
Glass is a new medium for him, he describes it as the most intriguing material he has yet to learn.
Michael's art toolbox is diverse and encompasses pretty much all media and craft tools.
He’s an experimenter, a dabbler, a what-if kind of guy.
One part draughtsman, one part alchemist.
Glass poses degree’s of risk, idea’s may be deliberate
and meticulously planned, while others are necessary solutions to the unexpected.
“One door closes and another one opens,”
he said, without a trace of irony, thinking, perhaps
of other things that have been broken and mended
in his life. “There can be a lot of pain, but you get
through it. You grow. I've been very lucky”
The romance of thick glass and the lifeblood
of natural light is the perfect conductor of the present.
No two viewings are the same.
Images on this site should been seen as a “representation” of the artwork.
Photography of glass is subjective.
Michael resides in eastern Ontario on beautiful Roblin Lake, in Prince Edward County, Ontario, Canada.
His environment is a constant source of energy,
artifacts and inspiration naturally migrate into the glass studio.
His glass work is constantly attempting to capture the timing and fugitive wonders of light.
Three dimensional elements are extending his search in time and spatial elements.
Michael’s work is always changing.
Like the travelling sun over the planet, his next art piece is another constantly changing definition of light.