A life long artist from Northern New York, Michael Clookey spent much of his childhood and teens reveling in the rural country setting with pencils and paper in hand. In pursuit of his dreams, he went on to study studio art at Hartwick College, Oneonta, New York and SUNY-Potsdam, New York. During the later he took the opportunity to study in San Miguel, Mexico. Clookey’s inspirations are rooted in the mystic schools and touch upon the ancient, spiritual, dream-time and the divine. Clookey finds rich reward in the connection of stone, tools, hand and heart, as they orchestrate together in three dimensions. Through the years, Clookey has accumulated a vast repertoire of drawings, paintings, and prints. He incorporates a realistic approach to the surreal and creature-like subject matter to communicate the intricate and complicated weaving of the world. His pieces are intimate and capture expressive moments in our human nature.