J. Michael Kennedy has been painting full-time since 1997, but his interest in art started from the first time he held a crayon. He never outgrew a fascination with drawing and color. After receiving a BFA in Graphic Design in 1981 from Youngstown State University, he worked in advertising for 14 years as a designer and later Art Director, while continuing to study painting. His work encompasses landscapes and cityscapes of the Southeast Coast, emphasizing the color that our subtropical sun brings to life in this region. He has studied with Albert Handel, Martin Ahrens, Joyce Nagel, William Jameson and Kim English. He has won a number of awards over the years including the Piccolo Spoleto Outdoor Juried Art Exhibition “Best in Show” Mayor’s Purchase Award. This is Michael’s first Solo Gallery Exhibition in the lowcountry in more than 10 years.