In retrospect it seems obvious Michael Schlicting would grow up to be an artist. With an accomplished artist as a mother and older siblings all making art, the Schlicting home was filled with art projects, books and art magazines. But for Michael, outside of schoolwork, his interest was sports, especially basketball. His basketball career culminated in him being one of the top small college players in the country and a shot at the pros, going through the Portland Trailblazers rookie camp.

But during his college days, a required art class brought his latent abilities to light and gave rise to the passion and direction that would be his life’s work. Michael has made his living as an artist from graduation onward, a remarkable achievement. He was helped along by a number of early supporters and collectors, one of whom was the noted arts patron JW “Bill” Fisher. Mr. Fisher, who received the National Arts Medal from President Reagan in 1987, was one of Michael’s earliest supporters, encouraging, teaching and collecting Schlicting’s paintings. One of Michael’s most thrilling moments was walking into Fisher’s home in Palm Beach, Florida and seeing his painting hanging next to a Picasso.

Much of the stimulus for Michael’s art comes from his travels. An opportunity to teach a painting workshop in Tuscany led to his love of Italy, particularly the Tuscan landscape. A good portion of Michael’s paintings comes from imagery gleaned from his frequent trips there. In addition, he has been traveling to South America, with Chile another fertile source of inspiration.

Over the years Schlicting has won major awards in many painting competitions, both nationally and internationally, recently winning the Award of Excellence at the 2013 Shenzhen International Watermedia Biennial, at the Shenzhen Museum of Contemporary Art in China. His paintings hang in over 2500 public, corporate and private collections around the world. He makes his home in Portland, Oregon and spends his summers at his studio/gallery, the Hawk Creek Gallery, on the Oregon coast.

Michael's Resume

Selected Juried Shows and Awards

Award of Excellence, 2013 Shenzhen Watermedia Biennial, Shenzhen Contemporary Art Museum, China
Open Walls, Portland Institute of Contemporary Art
Works on Faith, Jurors Award  Portland, OR12th Invitational Asian Watercolours Confederation International Exhibition, Asian Waterolours, Singapore
Painter's Eye Award, Rocky Mountain National Watermedia, Golden, CO
Northwest Watercolor Society 57th Annual Exhibition, Kirkland, WA
Rines Family Foundation Award for Excellence in Abstraction, North American Open Show, Boston, MA
Gayle Keith-Ashley Award, Northwest Watercolor Society, 56th Annual Exhibition, Seattle, WA
Alabama Watercolor Society, 55th Annual National Exhibition, Birmingham, AL
Georgia Taylor Memorial Award, Louisiana Watercolor Society 26th Annual International Exhibition, New Orleans, LA
Texas Watercolor Society, 47th Annual Exhibition, San Antonio, TX
Smith Packing Company Award, Adirondacks National Exhibition of American Watercolors, Old Forge, NY
San Diego Watercolor Society International Exhibition, San Diego, CA
Pennsylvania Watercolor Society, 17th Juried Exhibition, Bethlehem, PA
National Vice-President, American Watercolor Society, New York, NY
Finalist, Grumbacher Artist of the Year Award
Texas Watercolor Society 46th Annual Exhibition, San Antonio, TX
Pearl Art Supplies Award, Georgia Watercolor Society 16th National Exhibition, Chattahoochee Valley Art Museum, LaGrange, GA
Jack Richeson Merchandise Award, Purchase Award, San Diego Watercolor Society International Exhibition, San Diego, CA
Ashland Oil Foundation Award, Aqeous '95, Kentucky Watercolor Society, Louisville, KY
Grumbacher Gold Medal, National Watercolor Society, Fullerton, CA
Kentucky Watercolor Society, Louisville, KY
Rocky Mountain National Watermedia Exhibition, Golden, CO
National Watercolor Invitational Exhibition, Northern Arizona University Art Museum, Flagstaff, AZ
Watercolor USA, Springfield Art Museum, Springfield, MO
Judges Award, Houston International Exhibition, Houston, TX
High Winds Medal , American Watercolor Society , New York, NY
Dolphin Award, American Watercolor Society, New York, NY
Elected Member American Watercolor Society  New York, NY
Rocky Mountain National Watermedia Exhibition, Golden, CO
American Watercolor Society Show,  Juried Show, New York, NY
Artist's Magazine Award, American Watercolor Society, New York, NY
National Watercolor Society, Signature Member, Los Angeles, CA
Past President's Award, San Diego International Watercolor Show, San Diego, CA
CFS Medal, American Watercolor Society, New York, NY
Century Award of Merit, Rocky Mountain NatÕl Watermedia Exhibition, Golden, CO
Watercolor West, Riverside, CA
Martha T. McKinnon Award, American Watercolor Society, New York, NY
Highly Commended Award, International Artists in WC Competition, London, England
Voney Art Studio Award, Principia College, Elsah, IL

Selected Solo Exhibitions

The Bridges, Rancho Santa Fe, CA 2007,2009,2012
Patricia Rovzar Gallery, Seattle, WA 1998-2008
Freed Gallery Lincoln City, OR 1998-2005
Sitka Art Invitational, Special Exhibition, World Forestry Center, Portland, OR 1997
American Institute of Architects, Portland, OR 1997
Institute of Chilean & North American Culture, Santiago, Chile 1996
Institute of Chilean  & North American Culture, Concepcion, Chile 1996
The Gallery at Salishan , Gleneden Beach, OR 1996, 1994
Gango Galleries, Portland, OR 1993
Salishan Lodge Gallery, Gleneden Beach, OR 1992,1987
Stary-Sheets Galleries, Irvine, CA 1990
Maveety  Gallery at Salishan, Gleneden Beach, OR 1980-1996
Lawrence Gallery, Sheridan, OR 1984-1993
Sunriver Lodge, Sunriver, OR 1985, 1978
Maveety  Gallery, Portland, OR 1990, 1985
Jasper Galleries, New York, NY 1977
The Bridges, Rancho Santa Fe, CA

Selected Public and Corporate Collections

Shenzhen Museum of Contemporary Art, Shenzhen, China
Hoffman, Hart  Wagner, Portland,OR
Miller Wagner, Portland, OR
Intel Corporation, Portland, OR
Oregon Health Sciences University, Portland, OR
Alaska State Council on the Arts
Mentor Graphics, Wilsonville, OR
Willamette Industries, Portland, OR
Sunrise Shipping, Portland, OR
Western Family Foods, Portland, OR
Safeco Corporation, Seattle, WA
Bullivant Houser Bailey Pendergrass & Hoffman, Portland, OR
Western Kraft Paper Corporation, Portland, OR
Shearson-American Express, Salem, OR
Piper, Jaffray and Hopwood, Inc., Lake Oswego, OR
Blount, Inc., Portland, OR
Forest City Traders, Portland, OR
Louisiana Pacific, Portland, OR
Anstalt Awelky, Vaduz, Lichenstein
Salem Art Association,Salem, OR
Claremont Colleges, Los Angeles, CA

Society Membership

American Watercolor Society, Signature Member , Dolphin Fellow, National Vice-President
National Watercolor Society, Signature Member


Landscapes in Watercolor, AVA/Sterling
A Design Manual, Prentiss Hall
Oregon Art Beat, Oregon Public Broadcasting
Best of Watercolor : Shadow,  Rockport Publishers
Best of Watercolor : Composition,  Rockport Publishers
Places  in Watercolor ,  Rockport Publishers
Abstracts  in Watercolor ,  Rockport Publishers
Creative Watercolor,  Rockport Publishers
American Artist Magazine Quarterly, Watercolor, feature article
The Best of Watercolor,  Rockport Publishers
Splash II,  NorthLight Editions
Splash!,  NorthLight Editions
June, American Artist Magazine feature  article
September,  Northwest Magazine


BA in Fine Arts  Principia College, Elsah, Illinois







Hawk Creek Gallery, Michael's studio/gallery in the Oregon coastal village of Neskowin


The gallery is open on weekends in the spring and fall, and every day during the summer months. We look forward seeing you there!