I have three styles of work that I do.  The first is Abstract Expressionism. I usually work quickly in an “action art” style or use a much more deliberate approach with emphasis on line and not just color.


The second style is Figurative Expressionism whereby the approach is either a figurative abstract approach or an expressionist viewpoint of the state of the human condition.


The third and final style is Interpretive Expressionism whereby I use a point of departure ( usually a photo) and create an expression and interpretation of what is intriguing about the original image to me.


“What I love about this kind of work is that it creates a total freedom.”

“It gives me the ability to see shapes emerge from chaos.”

Michael Schaffer (1955-) American


Oil and acrylic on canvas

The works of Michael Schaffer are on display in these cities:
Oakland, Los Angeles, Pacific Palisades, Palm Desert,
Sacramento, and Milwaukee.


“Exploring the realms of color, texture, drama, and feelings are the main ingredients of my art work. To inspire the viewer to deal with the issues presented to him is my goal. To inspire the viewer to interpret and react is my passion. I hope you have been inspired… or at least have an opinion. Art and life have many of the same ingredients for us to enjoy.”