I'm Michael Barrett.

Make like a tree and bark.

Recent Artwork

May December
May December August 2023

These halves of an avocado fit together but don’t quite match.

24ʺ ✕ 36ʺ
Acrylic, inkjet, and mixed media on canvas mounted on wood panel
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I grew up in Charlotte, NC. I attended the University of North Carolina at Charlotte where I earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. After a brief stint painting murals and working in galleries, I earnd a Master of Fine Arts at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. There, I began to experiment with web development, digital imaging, and large format printing.

After graduate school, I found my way to the west coast and into a software development career. My greatest expertise is in front-end engineering but I have also worked as a full-stack web developer and web service developerusing Java, C#, and Python. I have worked extensively with cloud providers like Amazon Web Services and have worked with container orchestration platforms like Kubernetes.

I prefer VisualStudio Code as my general purpose code editor on macOS. I prefer Procreate on the iPad for painting. I prefer Sketch on macOS for creating icons and graphics for the web. PixelmatorPro is pretty nice too.