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The pastoral landscapes that Michael Malm paints are a reflection of his feelings about rural Utah, about which he says, “I love the old farm communities, the grazing animals and wide open fields. There is something peaceful about these settings”. Though he enjoys painting the beautiful valley around him, he has not limited himself to landscapes, and often includes figures, grazing animals and still life in his work. A native of Utah, Michael Malm is a painter of figurative subjects, especially females in western landscape, often with horses. He has achieved his professional art reputation early, being only 22 when he began and got immediate acceptance in prestigious galleries and won the Arts for the Parks competition. Malm and his wife, Juanita, decided to stay in Cache Valley after graduation. They live with their children in a rural area, where he paints cattle, barns and figures in landscapes. Malm’s preferred medium is oil and Malm tries to always paint from life. The artist feels the way he illuminates his subjects is the most important aspect of his work.