Michael Drury is a native Santa Barbaran. He received his education in the local school system, a B.A. in Art Studio at the College of Creative Studies, UCSB, and an M.F.A. in Art Studio, UCSB
His commitment to plein-air painting began when he met Ray Strong in 1970, and virtually all of his work is generated out-of-doors. He has painted extensively in the high deserts of the Great Basin, the wild coast of California, his home grounds of western Santa Barbara County, and the west coast of Ireland. He is a life-long surfer, and a founding member of the OAK GROUP, an association of environmentally active landscape painters in Santa Barbara.