Moore grew up in a large Irish family near Boston. After receiving his draft notice and serving in Vietnam, he worked as a commercial fisherman out of New Bedford. Between fishing trips he lived on a farm in Stowe, Vermont. It was here that he met one of the most acclaimed American painters and teachers of our time, Frank Mason, who was teaching a plein air oil painting class and then moved to New York to study full time with Mason at the Art Students Leagus. Moore started his art career on Nantucket, where he lived for twelve years. Much of his work reflects his love of New England's beauty though he enjoys plein air painting wherever his travels take him.
He is a member of the Nantucket Artist Association, Southern Vermont Art Center, Allied Artists of America, and the Salmugundi Club. Michael is renowned for his vast skies, evocative light and narrative still life compositions. He grinds his own pigments and prepares his canvasses using methods adapted from Dutch and Italian Masters. His oil paintings capture the delicate interplay of atmosphere, perspective and space.