Michael Kenneth Depue takes great interest in exploring the abstract, the historical and finding the hidden meaning. Michael's craft benefits from developing a series of nine or ten pieces which allows him to explore a concept, develop a theme and tell a story.
Besides his love of painting, one of his passions is collecting photography from 1860-1960. Most of which is by unknown photographers. Recently he has been working on digitally manipulating these historic images embracing a then-and-now theme. His goal is to create recognition for the collection through his work inspired by it, so that one day he will bestow it to the community by donating it to the Smithsonian.
He's grateful of the fact that all forms of art are respected and that anything goes. Art can be as beautiful or outrageous, as joyful or rude, as sentimental or political - all supported by the freedom of expression.