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Michael Lierly is an oil painter and art instructor. He teaches drawing and painting at CalState LA, Golden West, Chaffey, and Santa Ana Colleges all in Southern California. He has formerly taught Drawing, Painting, Design, and Color Theory at Herron School of Art in Indianapolis, the University of Arkansas, Indiana University in Bloomington, and in Florence Italy with the I.U. Study Abroad Program. He received his BFA in Illustration from the School of Visual Arts in New York City and His MFA in Painting from Indiana University in Bloomington IN.

 He has worked as a commission portrait painter, illustrator, and gallery artist in seven states and four countries. He is currently working on two bodies of work for upcoming exhibits while obsessively listening to audio books and podcasts. He lives in Los Angeles, CA with Calliope the sweetest puppy who ever lived.