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Mikael Carstanjen was born one hundred yards from the Baltic Sea and ever since then he has had a love affair with sailing ships. He is a third generation marine artist following in the footsteps of his father and grandfather.
After receiving his masters in art at The School of the Chicago Art Institute, Mikael set up a pottery studio in Stamford, Connecticut. In 1979 He moved to the Cape Cod where for the past thirty years he has been the successful owner of Sea Shell Pottery in Orleans. At the same time he has won international awards for his model ships and has had one of his handcrafted musical instruments exhibited in a collection at the Smithsonian. In 2002 and 2009 the New England Camera Club Council awarded him best color print in New England.
Fifteen years ago he began to experiment with digital photography and digital printmaking. His photography is a starting point for the images he wants to create. Working on the cutting edge of the new medium of “digital painting” he brings to this new work the dedication of a craftsman and his highest artistic ideals as an artist.
When you couple his technical knowledge of the computer and his extensive fine arts background the results are superb images known for their elegance of composition and luminous beauty.