Michael’s paintings, ranging from cityscapes to contemplative figure studies, are a chronicle of places he has both seen and imagined. His contemporary realistic approach draws on a painterly tradition. Longhofer’s somewhat modern scenes are at once familiar, yet foreign. Some are places the viewer recognizes while others have a dream-like quality. Perspective and depth draw the viewer into the piece. Buildings and figures are painted with intense contrast. Colors burst out of the canvas with an otherworldly light. The skies are beautiful and mysterious. Michael’s contemporary abstracts are painted with layers of colors that puddle up like rain on glass.
Michael earned a B.F.A. from The Laguna College of Art and Design. He is currently working towards his MFA at WT A&M. Michael’s commissioned works include murals, portraits, landscapes, and custom hand painted art boxes. He teaches beginner to advanced acrylic Fun Painting at Amarillo Art Institute.