is an artist with far reaching interests. Specializing in Old Master Painting techniques he also creates images through printmaking,
mosaic, egg tempera, fresco, and Stained Glass.
Northrop has an MFA from Western Michigan University in Painting and Printmaking. He initially
studied with Ken Freed (kazoopainters.com) in a traditional painting apprenticeship from 1989-1991. During this time Northrop
developed a unique style based on the Baroque masters. He went on to study with some great Contemporary Realist. Michael Bergt
(www.mbergt.com), Jack Beal (www.jackbeal.net), and Martha Erlebacher have been his teachers at different
points over the past 20 years and remain an influence on his work. Northrop studied lithographic techniques at the University
of New Mexico- Tamarind Institute in Albuquerque, New Mexico and studied Painting Conservation and Restoration in
Northrop has been featured in American Artist Magazine and his work has appeared numerous times in various
As a fine artist
and a former minister, Northrop is uniquely qualified as a liturgical artist and liturgical art consultant. He has knowledge
of Theology, Biblical and Church History, Iconography, and proficiency in biblical languages. He has spent the past seven
years consulting for St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church, in Portage, Michigan. In that capacity he has worked in painting,
sculpture, mosaic, and stained glass, as well as consulting on liturgical environment and appointments. He has also done liturgical
artwork for St. Sebastian Catholic Church in Byron Center, Michigan and Saints John and Paul Catholic Church in Washington
Northrop has a Bachelor
of Music degree in vocal and instrumental music from Olivet College in Olivet, Michigan. He continues to work in music with
his friend and colleague Bob Rowe (www.visioncouncil.org/bobrowe/). The two of them released the album Healer of the Universe and has sung
with Bob on two subsequent albums, the latest is Bob’s new release, Legacy. Together,
Bob and Michael have led Parish retreats and have guest hosted a nationally syndicated Radio Show.
Michael Northrop is currently a full time
professor of Art and Humanities at Glen Oaks Community College in Centreville, Michigan, painting from his home studio and
creating stained glass with Tree of Life Stained Glass Studio.