October From our Deck

Robert Michener was born in l935 in the small, farming community of Preston Minnesota. The hardwood covered hills, limestone cliffs, and fertile valleys of that area along with the mountains and coasts of British Columbia have long been a visual and emotional source for Michener’s landscape paintings. Michener entered Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota where he received a BA degree in l957. After a two year stint in the U. S. Army, he entered graduate school at The University of Minnesota where he completed his MFA degree in painting in 1962.


Michener taught art at the University of Minnesota, Western Washington University and the University of Cincinnati before immigrating to Canada in l973 to accept a position at the Vancouver School of Art (subsequently The Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design) where he retired from teaching in l999.


Michener’s work has been shown in more than twenty solo shows in Canada and the United States as well as numerous two artist, group exhibitions and competitive shows across North America and Europe. His works are included in more than two hundred public, corporate and private collections in Canada, the U. S. and Europe.

  Michener’s studio and home are in Surrey, B.C., where he lives
with his wife, painter Ann Nelson, and their daughter Suzanna.