Del Michel spent 39 years as a professor of art at Hope College in Holland. In 2003, he moved to Northern Michigan and opened a working studio/gallery in downtown Traverse City. In The Northern Express, he is quoted as saying he came into the art profession in college and gravitated to abstract art. Why was the question? “I tried realism and found I was more interested in the abstractness of those works. So, I got out of realism quickly. There has always been a lot of built-in prejudice against abstract art work, but it has been my life, an expression of my thoughts and experiences plus being very rewarding.”
Michel, who describes his work as lyrical and colorful abstractions, tends to work in series and derives his inspiration from a variety of sources...."the color, atmosphere and energy in nature, the sense of history and timelessness discovered in cultural artifacts, and his roots in Abstract Expressionism." His work varies from small intimate assemblages to large scale, site specific commissions for the home or corporate environment.