Michael John Cheney

Michael John Cheney

Artist Statement

Michael had an interest in art as a child drawing Marvel Comic book characters with his best friend Steve Horner.  He later discovered painting with Carol Cain as they studied under the great American Landscape Artist, Ed Kellogg, at Covenant College.  Michael has also dabbled in metal sculpture with lead free pewter, tie dye and air brush.

Now, because of the overwhelming support of his family, friends, and peers in the art community Michael has finally plunged into a career in photography and painting.  Currently Michael has about 200 photographs of the Emerald Coast.  Michael also has a dozen oil paintings and 25 acrylic paintings.

Michael photographs and paints scenes from the Emerald Coast including portraits, flowers and birds.

His style has been described as “Soft Realism.”  One patron said, “I love your artwork! Its like mild Salvador Dali with a touch of serenity.”

Michael is a member of the Arts and Design Society of Okaloosa County (ADSO), HH Arts Gallery, Emerald Cost Gallery & Gifts and The DeviantArt Community.  Michael has won many art awards in drawing, painting, and photography over the years.  He sells his art on-line, at festivals, and through local galleries.  You can see four of his photographs on permanent display at the Okaloosa County Court House including “Fishin’ in Heaven.”

Biographical Information

Michael John Cheney is a native of the Gulf Coast.  He was born in Biloxi, Mississippi, September 30, 1955.  He attended Fort Walton Beach and Eliot’s Point Elementary Schools, Meigs Middle School, and graduated with Honors from Choctawhatchee High School in 1974.   Michael attended NWFS College and then moved on to graduate with Honors from Covenant College, Lookout Mountain, Tennessee, with a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies: Biology, Bible, and Education.  After graduation Michael married his sweet heart, Phyllis Early of Valparaiso, Florida, in 1982.  He has two children Doria Grace and Luke Cheney.  He started his teaching career as the middle and high school science instructor for Rocky Bayou Christian Academy.  After six years at RBCA Michael began teaching for the Okaloosa School District, first as a horticulture instructor and then as a high school science teacher.  Currently Michael is a chemistry instructor at Crestview High School,  (Go Bulldogs!!) where he has been teaching since 1990.  When he retires from teaching in 2021 he will pursue a full time career in art.

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