Roffe CpRINA Co-Founder and Guild Chairman
Specialisation: Watercolours - Maritime
Born in Peterborough in 1948, Michael was brought up in the same area where
his family were involved in farming, shipping and engineering.
Michael originally intended to become a commercial artist and to that end
obtained a distinction in the College of Preceptorís art and craft
examinations in 1963. However, on leaving school he was articled to a
construction company and his education ranged from technician to full
professional level. By profession, Michael is a Chartered Architectural
Technologist, Chartered Surveyor, Chartered Builder and Building Engineer.
He has lectured at higher education establishments on construction
technology and quantity surveying; he has had several professional papers
published. In 1979 he formed his own professional practice, Architectural
Design and Surveyors, which is still practising today.
Michael started painting at the age of four and has continued to do so
throughout his life. In his early twenties, he painted mostly in oils, and
subjects included figure studies, portraits, abstracts and seascapes. He
first exhibited his work in 1970, but since 1972 has concentrated on his
real love which was the sea and ships. In 1991 he was the first marine
artist to be admitted to the Royal Institution of Naval Architects as a
Michaelís work is very private and most of his watercolours are sold through
commissions including both Mercantile Marine and numerous officers and men
of the Royal Navy. One of Michaelís paintings has featured on the dust cover
of a recently published book. In addition to his painting, Michael has also
been involved in several books as a consultant on historical ship layout and
Michael has exhibited at the Mall Galleries in London and has been involved
in charity work with King George V Fund for Sailors and the Royal Lifeboat
Institution. He is also involved with the World Ship Trust, the
International Association of Lighthouse Authorities and Trinity House.
Michael is currently semi-retired and, in addition to his commissions, he
produces approximately ten fully researched paintings per year.