Born in Boston, Michael B. Karas was inspired by the beauty of New England and began his life as an artist at a very young age. Encouraged by family and educators alike, Karas found the support necessary to pursue his art and in 1975, graduated from the New England School of Art and Design. After several years spent in Gloucester, Mass., and a two-year cross-country painting trip of America, Karas returned to New England and settled in mid-coast Maine where he stayed for nearly 18 years, finding inspiration in New England's landscape and rugged shoreline. In 1989, Karas had his first introduction to the beauty of the Lowcountry, and after several years of visits, made the move to South Carolina in 2004. With the quintessential marsh scene as his very own backyard, Karas has been studying the Lowcountry as only an artist can. His paintings of the slight seasonal changes in tonality and light of this landscape, are truly inspired.