In 1984, Michael attended his first rock concert and recognized the appeal his art would have to the music industry. Committed to becoming a professional artist, he became a 1989 Florida Academic Scholar and attended the University of South Florida. Michael was commissioned to create his first concert poster in 1995. This poster for Grateful Dead was soon reprinted in a second edition and displayed in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Michael’s subsequent festival posters, album covers, and T-shirt designs were distributed nationally.
Mr. Everett began traveling in 1997 to support his career and was captivated by the deserts and mountains of New Mexico. Michael relocated to the Southwest and began his most prolific period as a poster artist. His concert posters featured such performers as David Crosby, Edie Brickell, Los Lobos, The Black Crowes, Bruce Hornsby, Steely Dan, Hanson, Ziggy Marley, Mickey Hart & Planet Drum, and Sammy Hagar, and included collaborations with artists Charles Shultz and Scramble Campbell.
In 2000, Michael moved to Boulder, Colorado to create new original artwork and published his first independent poster lithographs. Michael’s transition to Northern California in 2001 inspired an interest in botanical and aquatic subjects that signaled a rebirth of creativity in his compositions. He published posters to benefit Conscious Alliance, Unbroken Chain Foundation, Reef Relief, Utah Rivers Council, and New York relief efforts. Michael R. Everett continues to show his original artwork in San Francisco and explore new imagery through his life experience as an artist.