Michael Knutson the son of two art educators spent his childhood immersed in creativity drawing inspiration from his experiences in the natural environment of the Black Hills of South Dakota. He received his Bachelor of Arts form Black Hills State University in 2010. In 2013 Michael completed his MFA at Fort Hays State University. He is an accomplished visual artist and works primarily as a painter. He has an active national exhibition record of solo and group shows and has completed many public art commissions for intuitions such as The Ststernberg Museum of Natural History.

The base for Michaels’s work is a deep connection to the immediate environment, life experiences and the way the mind interprets this information. He works both in the studio and in the landscape in this manner allowing him to explore a wide range of physical and emotional experiences. Michael encourages exploration, searching for cinematic scenes with a strong sense of impending drama. Knutson currently lives in Hays, Kansas where he operates his studio and is an Adjunct Professor of Art and Design at Fort Hays State University