Michael graduated with a bachelor’s of art degree in fine art from Central Washington State University in 1975. After graduation he spent six months in basic training for the National Guard. After basic training he returned to Washington State and worked as an art teacher at the local public junior high school, where he worked for three years. During that time he developed and built foundry equipment and in 1975 resigned from his teaching position to start Maiden Foundry, which he still operates today.
In 1991 Michael began his sculpting career and launched a collection of American Bald Eagles that have been sought after by both private and public collectors. Michael also has a collection of Blue Herons, Pelicans and a whimsical collection he calls Girls & Dogs.
Michael has had the privilege of creating many memorial projects, starting with a coal miners’ memorial for the city of Roslyn, Washington in 1998, a memorial for the EA-6B aviators at NAS Whidbey Island, Washington in 2001, an entire monument park in downtown Virginia Beach, Virginia where there are four separate monumental figurative placements, Eugene Ely, the father of naval aviation, a grouping of World War II aviators, a grouping of modern day aviators, and a family representing a naval homecoming, all created in 2007. Michael also created a memorial for the Whidbey Patrol Squadron located in Oak Harbor, Washington in 2008, a 19 year-old George H.W. Bush which is on permanent display aboard the CVN-77 USS George H.W. Bush aircraft carrier in 2009, a heroic male and female First Sergeant placed at Maxwell AF Base in Montgomery, Alabama in 2009.
Most recently Michael completed a sculpture of Vernon Burge, the first enlisted Air Force pilot, which is placed at the Air Force Enlisted Heritage Research Institute at Maxwell-Gunter AFB in 2014. Michael takes great pride in applying his experience as an artist with each project, from working with the project committee, to engineers, to installation contractors.