C M DUDASH OPAArtist Statement

Over the years, many clients and contacts have inquired about the meaning of the cross at the end of my signature. Having met the Lord 35 years ago, I wanted to make a statement about my faith as a born-again Christian, and this was what I decided upon. As the years have gone by, the subject matter of my artwork has been centered more and more on Christian themes through the use of Christian publishing and painting, and I'm thankful for having the opportunity to use my abilities to spread the Gospel.

Today there are a number of very talented and accomplished contemporary artists, who as Christians are working to try and bring about a revival in artwork that expresses all aspects of the Christian faith. As one among this "army of artists," I labor to be an empty vessel for Jesus Christ, and hope that in the end He will say, "…Well done thou good and faithful servant…" Matthew 25:21

Career Bio

Born 1/12/52


1970 - Graduated Mankato High School, Mankato, Minnesota, USA

1970-71 - Art Major, Macalaster College, St. Paul, Minnesota

1977 - Art Major, Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Minneapolis, Minn.


1977-78 Staff Illustrator / Artist for McGraw-Hill Publishing Co., The Physician and Sportsmedicine, Postgraduate Medicine - Minneapolis, Minn.

1978 to 2012 - Free Lance Artist and Illustrator, residence in Pennsylvania, USA

March 2012 to present - relocated to Hayden, ID

Career Biography

In the past 35 years, Michael has completed over 1800 oil paintings and assignments for clients world-wide. His earlier illustration career focused on creating artwork for the movie industry, advertisers, publishers, books, magazines, design firms, corporations and institutions such as the United Nations, and the US Postal Service. They have won him a national reputation and numerous awards, from the Society of Illustrators (NYC & LA), the Society of Publication Designers, Communications Arts and HOW Magazine.

He has written and published articles for American Artist, the Artists Magazine and Step-by-Step Graphics. He has featured his work as a guest lecturer at the Booth Western Art Museum, Washington University, St. Louis, Mo., the Rhode Island School of Design, the Graphic Artists Guild in Vermont, the Kansas City Art Director's Club, the Society of Illustrators of Los Angeles, the Savannah College of Art & Design, and taught an illustration class for the Vermont Community College. He has conducted workshops at his studio, in Dallas, Los Angeles and Tokyo, Japan.

He has painted artworks for the Christian marketplace and sports collectible industry and at any given time has dozens of licensing agreements that showcase his art.

In recent years, he has turned his efforts almost exclusively to the sale of his original oils and limited edition prints. Michael works exclusively in oil on linen or gessoed boards of various material and texture for all private work and commissioned portraits. In 2003 he was invited to paint with the Putney Painters, a group that was formed by painters Richard Schmid and Nancy Guzik in southern Vermont.

Michael works out of his home and studio in Hayden, ID. He is currently represented by:

    The Legacy Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ, & Jackson, WY USA

    Settlers West, Tucson, AZ

    Robert Paul Galleries - Stowe, VT, USA

    Art Obsession, Inc. – Tokyo, Japan

    Saks Galleries, Denver, CO

    Coeur d'Alene Galleries, Coeur d'Alen, ID

    Southwest Gallery, Dallas, TX


Client List

*Clients With Dudash Originals in their Collection

    Addison-Wesley Pub. Co.

    Alabama Power & Light

    *Ameritech/Senior PGA Tour

    Angels On Earth Magazine

    Anheuser Busch

    AppleJack Publishing

    *Art Obsession, Inc, - Tokyo, Japan



    AT&T Pebble Beach National

    Pro Am

    Avon Books

    Banbury Books

    Bantam Books

    Berkeley Press

    Bethany House Publishing

    Bill Gold Advertising

    Blair & Ketchum Country Journal

    Bloomhurst Story O'Hara, Inc.

    BLT & Associates

    *Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Mass.

    *Boca Raton Resort & Club

    *Boeing Airlines -Cole & Weber Inc

    *Booth Western Art Museum

    The Bradford Exchange

    Broadman & Hiolman

    Bronner, Slosberg, Humphrey Design

    *Buena Vista Pictures


    *Burroughs Memorial Collection

    Busch Creative Services

    Campbell Mithuen Esty

    Charisma Magazine

    Christian Millenial History Project

    *Clint Eastwood

    Columbia Pictures

    Concordia Publishing

    *Converse, Inc.

    Danbury Mint

    David Harper Design


    DC Comics

    Delacoir Press

    *Dell Publishing, Co.

    Design Resource, Inc.

    Design to Print, Inc.

    *Dick Reed Agency

    Direct Marketing Graphics

    *Disney Studios

    Dorritie & Lyons Adv.


    Dugan/Farley Communications

    E. B. Wilson Adv.

    *Eddie Bauer

    Eisaman, Johns & Laws Adv. Inc.

    *Ellerbe & Becket

    Embassy Pictures

    Envoy Group

    *Evangelical Health Systems


    *F & M Trust Co

    Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston

    Field & Stream

    First Eastern Bank of Pa

    Foote Cone & Belding (Japan)

    Fordham University

    Fortune Magazine

    Foster Design Group

    Franklin Library

    Franklin Mint

    Franklin Spier, Inc.

    *General Foods

    Gillis Townsend Adv.

    GM Communications

    Good Housekeeping Magazine

    Grant/Jacoby Adv.

    Guideposts Magazine


    Harper Collins Publishing

    Harvest House Publishing

    Healthmark Communications

    *Heublein Inc.

    Honor Books

    Hume Sindelar & Associates

    Iverson Graphics

    *InTouch Ministries

    *J. Walter Thompson Adv. Inc.

    Jim Cotton Design

    Junior League, NYC

    Kalir-Philips-Roth Adv.

    Keyes/Martin /Gabey Adv.

    Kilian Enterprises

    Koechel Peterson & Associates

    Koehler Iverson, Inc.

    LAN Times

    *Lavey, Wolff & Swift, Inc.

    *Leo Burnette USA

    Lifestyle Marketing Group, NYC

    Lion’s Head Publishing

    Little Brown & Co.

    *Manufacturers Hanover Trust

    Manzo Finalborgo Adv.

    Masoff & Scolnik Associates

    MBI, Inc.

    McCalls Magazine


    McGraw-Hill Publishing Co.

    Mechanics Illustrated

    *MGM/United Artists

    *Middleburg - Middleton Adv.


    Modern Maturity Magazine

    Mortensen Design

    *Multnomah Books

    Nazarene Publishing House


    New American Library

    New Choices Magazine

    *New York Telephone Co.


    *Northern Telecom

    Ogilvy & Mather Adv.

    *On Rite

    Outdoor Life

    Paltridge Inc.

    Paraclete Press

    Paramount Pictures

    Partners Design

    *Pendleton Woolen Mills

    Penguin Books

    *Pentecostal Publishing

    *Philip Morris

    Popular Mechanics

    Presidential Prayer Team

    *Prism Design


    Psychology Today

    Randazo & Blavins Adv.

    Random House

    *The Readers Digest

    Reneric/Bacon Design

    Richardson Design

    Riveroak Publishing

    *Robert Goulet

    *Robert Paul Galleries

    Ryder & Schild Adv.

    S & N Advertising

    Scott Foresman Associates

    Schuler, Sadowski & Bloodgood, Inc

    *Seiniger Advertising, L.A

    *Shelburne Farms, VT

      Shiloh Road Publishing

    Simon & Schuster

    Somerset Fine Art Publishing

    Southern Bell

    Sports Afield

    Sports Illustrated

    *St. Martins Publishing Co.

    Strang Communications

    Stephan & Bradey, NY

    Substrates Limited Edition Prints

    *Thomas Ferguson Assoc. Inc.


    Tokuma Publishing, Tokyo, Japan

    *Triad Publishing

    TV Guide

    *Twentieth Century Fox

    Tyndale House Publishing

    *U.S. Army

    *U.S. Postal Service

    *United Nations

    Universal Studios


    Urban & Vogel, Verlag, Germany

    *Vermont State House

    *Vinoy Place, FL

    *Waitsfield Champlain Telecom

    Warner Books

    Warner Bros. Pictures

    Warner Bros. Studio Stores

    *Weiss/Watson Adv.

    *Welch, Inc.

    Willitts Designs

    Word, Inc.

    Wyse Adv

    Zebra Books

    Zondervan Publishing

Achievements ~



    Society of Illustrators: (NYC) Awards of Merit (approximately 41 awards from Illustrators 22, 23, 24, 25, 27, 28, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34 & 35) Silver Medal Winner Illustrators 30, 1989.
    Society of Illustrators: (LA) One Award - 1996,Two Awards - 1994
    Communications Arts: Award of Excellence, 1992 Illustration Annual Award of Excellence, 1991
    Illustration Annual Award of Excellence, 1987 Illustration Annual Award of Excellence,1983 Art Annual
    Art Direction Magazine: Certificate of Distinction, 1982
    Desi Awards, Graphics: USA/NY Award of Excellence, 1980
    Society of Publication Designers 1978, 1979 (4 Awards)

Artists Choice Award - Quest For The West, The Eiteljorg Museum - 2014, 2015, 2016
Patron's Choice Award - Quest For The West, The Eiteljorg Museum - 2014
Spirit of the Buffalo Bill Show Award - Cody, WY 2016 

Published Articles

Step-by-step Graphics, March 1992, "Spicing up Oil Washes"

American Artist Magazine, Sept. 1990, "C.M. Dudash, Commercial Applications of Realistic Art",

The Artists Magazine, February 1989, Extensive article written by C.M. Dudash about Sports Illustration. 

Elvis in Art, Elm Tree Books, London 1987 (TV Guide cover painting of Elvis)

HOW Magazine, 1986, Article on Bill Gold Advertising and the "Pale Rider" movie poster

Dreams for Sale - Advertising Art for the Movies, 1985, 3 published movie posters for Bacon/Reneric Design

Art of the West – March/April issue 2008   “Eclectic Vision”         

Western Art Collector December 2008, January 2009

Soutwest Art Magazine - Dec 2010 issue - "Accuracy and Emotion"

Art of the West - March/April 2014 "Fine Art and Freedom"


Accomplishments of Note

    *United States Postal Service- 4 Commemorative Stamps - Equestrian Sports, 1993 Season, May 1, 1993 First Day of Issue
    *3 Commemorative Stamps- World Cup, 1994 Season, May 1994 First Day of Issue
    *United Nations- 1993 Release of Stamp Series (Aging: With Dignity & Participation)
    1987 Release of Stamp Series (Yes to Life, No to Drugs - 6 images)
    *Who's Who in the East Listed in the 1993, 1994 Edition
    *"The Greatest Illustration Show of America" Published in Japan -Tokumashoten Publishers. 1992- 21 Images over a spread of 14 pages. Large Format Art Book.
    *Boca Raton Resort, & Club 2- 4 Color Posters, 1991, 1993
    *Converse, Inc.- 1985 Completed 6 large Oil Paintings for Corporate Headquarters in Boston, Massachusetts. Average size each: 6' by 7'
    *DaySpring Publications Release of the gift book “A Father’s Heritage” based on the painting A Father’s Heritage 1998
    *Zondervan Publishing Release of Christmas Gift Book “Good News of Great Joy” in 2000; 11 full spread paintings illustrating the birth of Christ, Second Chapter of the Gospel of Luke
   *Honor Books Release of Christmas Gift Book “The Quiet Little Woman” by Louis May Alcott in 2000; 14 full spread paintings.
    *“The Greatest Gift” Christian gift book published by DaySpring Cards Inc, The MasterPeace Collection in 2000 based on a painting by C. Michael Dudash
     *“The Illustrator In America 1860-2000” Published by The Society of Illustrators and The Illustration House in 2001. Short Bio and one illustration Page 410 1980-1990 Section
    *Painted large portrait of “Chester Arthur – 21st President of the United States” for the Vermont State House    36” x 56” Oil Hung in the atrium area of the state capital June 2001
    *Illustrated Book “The Prayer of Jabez” Gift Book – Multnomah Publishing 2001
    Cover and Illustrations throughout (Many 2nd repro rights from previous art)
    *Limited Edition Print and Web Site Art for “The Presidential Prayer Team” National Organization 2002, 2003
    *Oil Painters of America - Howard/Mandville Gallery, Kirkland, WA – 2004 Best Portrait of Show Award
    *Collector's Choice Award at the American Art Invitational, Saks Gallery, Denver, CO Dec 2010

Gallery Shows:


Solo Shows:

Robert Paul Galleries in Stowe, VT  2003, 2004, 2005, 2006,2007, 2008, 2009

Art Obsession, Inc. – Tokyo, Japan 2004, March and April 2005, Spring 2006,  2007, 2008

Art Vision, Art Voice – Nagoya, Japan 2004, 2005

Art Obsession – Nagano, Japan – one man show Jan 2007

Group Show Participation

Oil Painters of America National Show (OPA) –

          Howard/Mandville Gallery, Kirkland, WA – 2004

          Hilligoss Galleries, Chicago, IL  May 2005

          Whistle PikGalleries, Austin, TX  May 2007

          Dana Gallery, Missoula, MT May 2008

The Legacy Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ   2003 - 2011

The Legacy Gallery, Jackson, WY 2007 - 2010

Settlers West Gallery, Tucson, AZ 2009-2011

Coeur d'Alene Galleries,Coeur d'Alene, ID - 2010

Art Obsession, Inc. – Tokyo, Japan 2003-2011 Various Shows

Part of a two man show – Robert Paul Galleries in Stowe, VT  2000, 2001, 2002

Rist Canyon Richard Schmid Auction 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008

Art Obsession Tokyo Japan – Group Show “Modern Living Art” Exhibition Jan 2006

OPA Eastern Regional Show – Richmond, VA Sept 2006

OPA Eastern Regional Show – Weatherburn Gallery, Naples FL, 2007

OPA Eastern Regional Show – Richland Fine Art, Nashville TN, 2008

OPA Eastern Regional Show - Walls Fine Art Gallery, Wilmington, NC 2010

Howard/Mandville Gallery small works annual Show – 2003 -2010

C. M. Russell Museum Show 2007-2011, Great Falls, MT

American Art Invitational at the Saks Gallery, Denver, CO - Dec 2010

“Let There Be Light” -  traveling show that showcases contemporary Christian art from 2008 - 2009.  Out of the 90 paintings in the show, 11 were C. M. Dudash’s work.

Museum of Biblical Arts, Dallas, TX - Exhibition of 12 paintings showing the life of Christ and several other Christina paintings on display in 2010

Artwork exhibited at the Billy Graham Sacred Art Museum- Annual juried show 1995 to 1998, Wheaton, IL  
1998 – “A Father’s Heritage” received Honorable Mention & Popular Visitors Award

Workshops and Appearances:

Oil Painting Workshop – Coppini Fine Art Academy,  San Antonio, TX May 2007 and May 2008
Oil Painting Workshop – Columbus OH Nov 2006, Oct 2007, March 2009, May 2010, May 2011
Oil Painting Workshop given at personal studio – June 2006, 2009
Oil Painting Workshop - Box R Ranch, Ashland, OR - May 2009, June 2011
Oil Painting Workshop - Dallas 2009, 2011
Lecture and Painting Demonstration - Twin Rivers Center for the Arts, Mankato, MN  2009
Guest lecturer at the Massachusetts College of Art & Design - March 2008
Guest Lecturer and Instructor at Brigham Young University – Feb 2006
Guest Lecturer - Booth Western Art Museum – Cartersville, GA 2004
Oil Painting Workshop Dallas. TX 1999
“Associates in Art” - Art School - Workshop, Los Angeles 1996 & 2000
Guest Lecturer at Columbus College of Art and Design 2006, 2007
Guest Lecturer for Dallas Society of Illustrators
Guest Lecturer for Savannah College of Art & Design
Guest Lecturer for Kansas City Art Directors Club
Guest Lecturer for Rhode Island School of Design
Guest Lecturer for Vermont Graphics Artists Guild
1978 Illustrators Workshop in Tarreytown, NY at Marymount College