Michael Napper

about Michael

Michael Napper is a painter and black-and-white film photographer who has kept visual journals since the early 1980s. He has taught numerous classes and workshops throughout the past 20 years. His in-person as well as online teachings range from painting and collage for studio artists and non-profit art centers, to creative writing and journaling for private and public schools, and corporations. 

Michael’s eclectic journals have now amassed to more than fifty dense volumes that not only document personal experiences and daily observances, but are also a time capsule of cultural, political, and social chronicles captured in a visual and tangible object. “I’ve kept journals for more than 35 years, and they have helped me immensely as a painter, as a photographer, and as an artist. They are a place where I can record ideas and feelings about life and art, and also a place where I feel free to experiment without the fear of failure. They serve as a wellspring of ideas whenever I’m in need of creative Inspiration.”

Michael has exhibited his artwork in both southern and northern California, and his paintings are included in private collections in the U.S., Europe, and South America. He was born and raised in Los Angeles and is currently living in the San Francisco Bay area.

Workshops taught by Michael Napper

The Visual Journal

with Michael Napper

September 14 – October 12, 2024