Michael B. Karas, a nationally recognized marine and landscape painter, has been painting professionally for over 46 years. Early in his career he found inspiration in the sea, shore and landscape of his native New England. In 1989, Mr. Karas had his first introduction to the South Carolina Low Country and after several years of visits, moved permanently in 2004. Michael B. Karas has had 33 one-man shows in selected galleries throughout North America. He has exhibited in 22 museums across the United States including Mystic Seaport Museum; Mystic, Connecticut, Delaware Art Museum; Wilmington, Delaware, Maine Maritime Museum; Bath, Maine, Newport Art Museum; Newport, Rhode Island, Vero Beach Museum of Art; Vero Beach, Florida, Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum; St. Michaels, Maryland, Noyes Museum of Art; Atlantic City, New Jersey, Spartanburg Art Museum; Spartanburg, South Carolina, Cornell Museum of Art and American Culture; Delray Beach, Florida, Art Museum of the Southwest; Midland Texas, Haggin Museum; Stockton, California, Coos Art Museum; Coos Bay, Oregon, Quinlan Visual Arts Center; Gainesville, GA, Jamestown Settlement Museum; Williamsburg, VA.
Michael B. Karas has been an elected Fellow of the American Society of Marine Artists since 2001. He has received several awards for excellence in painting. Mr. Karas and his work have been featured in books, magazines, DVDs and videos. More than 3,000 of his paintings can be found in private and corporate collections worldwide including: Sears Roebuck Executive Collection; Chicago, Illinois, Morgan Stanley; New York, New York, Bank of America; Wilmington, Delaware, Allstate Insurance; Northbrook, Illinois, Bank of Boston; Boston, Massachusetts, L.C. Fulenwider Inc.; Denver, Colorado, Coopers & Lybrand Toronto; Ontario, Canada, Bradford Brinton Memorial & Museum; Big Horn, Wyoming, Spring Island Club; Spring Island, South Carolina, Chechessee Creek Club; Okatie, South Carolina, Inn at Harbour Town – Sea Pines Resort; Hilton Head, South Carolina, Marriott Grande Ocean Resort; Hilton Head, South Carolina, Colleton River Plantation Club; Bluffton, South Carolina, Oldfield Club; Okatie, South Carolina, Art in Embassies – U.S. Department of State; Washington, D.C.
Recognized by collectors and fellow artists as one of the nation’s finest marine and landscape painters, the extraordinary oil paintings created by Michael B. Karas evolve with passion and self-imposed standards of excellence, making them internationally prized and personally treasured.