Born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky, Michael was always drawn to the outdoors and the natural beauty of the landscape. He finds the sensory elements of nature to be a moving and inspirational experience each and every time he ventures out in search of material for future paintings. "The stillness and quietness of the landscape often provide the inspiration for many of my works"


In 2004, a chance visit to his home by a local artist proved to be a pivotal moment in Michael's life, as he returned to his artistic ambitions. The artist was impressed by one of Michael's paintings and she encouraged him to not let his artistic abilities to go to waste. She referred him to a local art studio in Louisville where he signed up for classes and his journey began again. " I am focused and passionate, striving to continually mature as an artist. I am forever working to enhance the poetic expression of my ideas with each painting."


In 2016 Michael and his wife relocated to South Carolina. Since making the move south he found the clean light and abundant sunshine of the coast to be a refreshing change from what he frequently encountered in Kentucky when heading out to paint. The majority of Michael’s work is of the southern landscape, resulting from his love for the patina and history of the South.


Exhibitions and Awards

2018 Cheers!, Wells Gallery, Sanctuary Hotel, Kiawah, SC

2017 National Oil and Acrylic Society's Best of America national exhibition,

Castle Gallery, Fort Wayne, IN

2017 Boldbrush Monthly Art Competition Fav 15 Award-April and May

2017 Beaufort Art Council, ArtPop winner, Beaufort, SC

2017 American Impressionist Society Small Works juried exhibition, Randy Higbee

Gallery Costa Mesa, CA

2016 Boldbrush Monthly Art Competition Fav 15 Award-October, August and June

2015 Viewpoint 47, Cincinnati Art Club juried national exhibition

2015 Boldbrush Monthly Art Competition Fav 15 Award- May

2014 Best of America, National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society juried national exhibition

2014 Viewpoint 46, Cincinnati Art Club juried national exhibition

2011 Telfair Juried Art Fair, Telfair Museum of Art, Savannah, GA

2011 Best of America, National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society national exhibition

2010 NOAPS Society Signature Member event, "Visions for New Decade", Cultural Arts Council Fine Art Gallery, Estes Park, CO

2010 Telfair Juried Art Fair, Telfair Museum of Art, Savannah, GA

2010 Fine Arts on the River, juried art festival, Savannah, GA

2009 Awarded Signature Status by the National Oil and Acrylics Painters Society

2009 Best of America, National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society national exhibition, Solo Exhibition, "Crabbin' Along the Georgia Coast", McIntosh        Art Association, Darien, GA, April 2009-June 2009

2009 St. James Juried Art Festival, Louisville, KY

2008 Best of America, National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society national exhibition

2008 Central South National Art Exhibition, Tennessee Art League, Nashville, TN

Best of America 2007, National Oil and Acrylics Painters Society national exhibition

People’ Choice Award, Tennessee Art League, Central South Juried Art Exhibition 2007, Nashville, Tennessee


Membership Associations

Signature Member National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society

Associate Member American Impressionist Society and Oil Painters of America

Instructor at the Studio School Savannah, Georgia

Good Morning Sunshine!
Low Country Moon Dance
We'll Leave the Light On
Nocturne for Two
Watching the Sun Fall, Pigeon Point
All in the Family by wild Turkey
Some of My Favorite Things
The Aperol Spritz
Marsh Study, Bull Point Plantation, SC
Night Night Kiawah
Some R&R with Martell
Michael Reibel, Just Another Day At the Beach (triptych)
Michael Reibel, The Ocean Course No. 3
The Story of Michter's and George Washington
SoldThe Moody Blues
SoldLuminous Low Country
SoldMoonlit Tranquility
SoldLowcountry Light Show
SoldSky Magic
SoldLowcountry Moonshine
SoldThe January Marsh
SoldMaker's and Meehan's
SoldWindswept and Moonstruck
SoldMichael Reibel, Moody Blues Impressions
SoldMichael Reibel, Watching The Sun Fall On Kiawah
SoldHine for Two
SoldMargaritaville with Herradura
SoldIn The Air Tonight
SoldLast Light on Kiawah
SoldMichael Reibel, Gentleman Vices
SoldMichael Reibel, Wood Classics on Kiawah
SoldOld Forester 1920 Boulevardier
SoldA Proper Martini
SoldThe Knob Creek Black Manhattan
SoldThe Manhattan... Why New York of Course!
SoldThe Old Forester Paper Plane Cocktail
SoldFour Roses... A Love Story
SoldThe Woodford French Manhattan
SoldEarly Moon Show on Kiawah
SoldMy Happy Place
SoldA Golfer's Dream Day on Kiawah
SoldThe Ocean Course on Kiawah, Holes 3 and 6
SoldPre-Flight Checklist
SoldSunset on Huspah Creek
SoldEarly Moonrise, White Chimney Creek
SoldClouds Over Huspah Creek
SoldOrange Slice Nocturne
SoldEthereal Warmth of the Marsh
SoldSunset Study on the Marsh
SoldCloud Study, II
SoldCloud Study, III
SoldCloud Study, IV
SoldCloud Study, V
SoldCloud Study, VI
SoldSilva's Negroni Cocktail at Balthazar
SoldThe Manhattan Cocktail
SoldWoodford's Double Oaked and Rye Sazerac Cocktail
SoldLowcountry Glow
SoldMichael Reibel, And They're Off! ... Blanton's
SoldMichael Reibel, Chasing the Sun
SoldMichael Reibel, Rolling In
SoldMichael Reibel, Butterfly Garden Morning
SoldMichael Reibel, Sanctuary Serenity
SoldFrom the Sea
SoldMichael Reibel, Cocktail Hour at the Ocean Course
SoldMichael Reibel, Front Row Seating... The 18th at Ocean Course
SoldMichael Reibel, Hello Again Kiawah
SoldWild Turkey Trio
SoldMaker's Mark at the 19th Hole, The Ocean Course
SoldSummer at the Farm, II
SoldNew Growth
SoldHWY 21 Marsh... November
SoldLive Oak Illumination
SoldLowcountry Tapestry
SoldStudy for Southern Charm
SoldClassic Old Fashioned, Knob Creek
SoldMaker's 46, Manhattan
SoldSouthern Spirits (Woodford Mint Julep)
SoldFirmly Rooted
SoldHanging Low
SoldI Dreamed of Kiawah
SoldIn Flight, Great Blue Heron
SoldMarsh Light Patterns
SoldMidday on Kiawah
SoldOn the Lookout
SoldSundown on the Marsh
SoldWest Beach Sunrise, Kiawah
SoldA New Day Begins in the Lowcountry
SoldDrama in the Sky on Kiawah
SoldFull Moon Fever on Kiawah
SoldFull Moon Rising Over the Marsh
SoldThe Guide
SoldWinning Colors
SoldJuleps for Two
SoldRye and Cigars
SoldThe Marsh, Abstracted
SoldA Time For a Drink... 1792
SoldWoodford Old Fashioned
SoldIts Your Birthday
SoldAnd So it Begins
SoldWhiskey Sour
SoldPalm Tree Illumination