The Perfected Image

Michael Wilson photographs a variety of subjects. Abstraction of subjects in color is Mr. Wilson’s favorite photographic pastime. Rock formations, peeling paint from old buildings and cars are favorite a few of the subjects Mr. Wilson searches out to abstract. Mr. Wilson also chooses the landscape and architecture as subjects.

Mr. Wilson takes inspiration for his pursuit of abstract images from such photographic artists as Brett Weston and Aaron Siskind. Mr. Wilson’s images incorporate strong elements of design and color. In some of his work, Mr. Wilson uses color and an element of the design.


Mr. Wilson was born and raised in the area surrounding Portland, Oregon. The natural beauty of Oregon and the Pacific Northwest served as inspiration for the Mr. Wilson’s pursuit of the photographic subject.

Mr. Wilson studied photography in high school and served as a photographer for the high school newspaper and yearbook. Mr. Wilson also received a second place award in a national photography contest during his high school years.

Mr. Wilson majored in photographic art at Treasure Valley Community College, Ontario, Oregon, where he received an Associate of Art degree before transferring to the renowned photographic program developed by the late Bernard Freemesser at the University of Oregon in Eugene. Mr. Wilson earned a Bachelor of Science degree in graphic design from the University of Oregon in 1979.

During his college years, Mr. Wilson had the opportunity and distinct pleasure of studying with artist such as the sculptor Jan Zach and photographic artists Charles Bogard, Jim Shull, Susan Lloyd, Charles True, Ansel Adams, Jerry Uelsmann, Milton Halberstadt and many others.

Mr. Wilson now lives, works and photographs in the Chicagoland area of Northern Illinois.

Artistic Resume and Professional Experience

Mr. Wilson has instructed photography at Portland Community College, Portland, Oregon and Lower Columbia College, Longview, Washington. Mr. Wilson has shown his photographic art throughout the United States. Mr. Wilson’s work is included in many private collections in the United States. A listing of Mr. Wilson’s exhibitions can be reviewed on this site.