Michael Praed was born in Cornwall in 1941 and studied art at the Penzance and Falmouth Schools of Art. He taught painting and drawing in Penzance for nearly thirty years before leaving to concentrate full-time on his own painting, working in oil, gouache and pastels. He now lives and works in Newlyn. Michael's paintings have been exhibited widely in the UK and abroad for over forty years; he has held solo shows in Cornwall, London and across continental Europe. He is a member of the Penwith Society of Artists and a former Chairman of the Newlyn Society of Artists.