Michael O’Toole was born in Vancouver, B.C. in 1963. He grew up on the North Shore near the Capilano Canyon. As a boy, Michael was so taken by the beauty of the canyon that it became a jumping point (not literally) in wanting to capture the grandeur on paper and canvas. It was one of the first emotional experiences that Michael had for the love of nature. Nancy O’Toole, his mother, was becoming a well known artist at the time and Michael would learn to develop his own skills by watching and studying with her.
Michael returned to Vancouver in 1992 and became a full-time artist. It was a turning point in his life; one he never regrets. Painting in a wide variety of media including acrylic, watercolour, pen and ink, graphite and gauche, his subject matter is also quite varied. Ranging from landscape, seascape, marine, architectural and portraiture, they all reflect his impressionistic style.