Prior to Michael Stipek's career in photography, he worked variously as a landscaper, auto mechanic, baker, house painter, and carpenter. He has also worked in the manufacturing of circuit boards and helicopters (Hughes Aircraft), metal plating technology (Honeywell, Coors Porcelain) and as a librarian (M.A. in Librarianship, University of Denver) for the Denver Public Library, specializing in young adult and alternative energy programs. To the field of photography, Michael brings six years of fine art experience and training in painting and drawing, as well as several years in printing Black and White photographs as a volunteer for the Denver Art Museum. He also worked as a custom color printer at the Prolab, Inc., for a number of years. Since 1978, Michael has been producing and marketing his photography full-time at juried fine arts festivals and galleries throughout the United States.
The combination of fine art training and the ability to print his own color photography has enabled Michael to pursue and secure on film the essence of an image. His work captures a sense of warmth, beauty and composition that few have achieved. In his creative process, Michael strives for a balance between simplicity of composition, strength of color and natural lighting techniques that leads observers to believe they are viewing paintings rather than photographs. Michael's subject matter is varied, from still lifes designed and constructed in his studio to intimate scenes in countries such as Italy, Mexico, France, Cuba, and all over the United States.
1% of the profits from my work goes to support International League of Conservation Photographers.