One of Lahaina Arts Society's artists for over 20 years, Stark creates his art to share the primal beauty of natural and traditional island life. A self-trained artist, he began his career by painting sand dollars collected while diving in Florida and selling them in his native Oklahoma.
As a teen wandering the South Seas, Stark became fluent in traditional Polynesian culture and was eventually honored with a Polynesian chief title in Samoa. His primitive lifestyle was a major influence in his art.
After a journalism career as managing editor of the Samoa Nows in Pago Pago and Associated Press correspondent, Michael returned to school in the US Mainland briefly to obtain a degree in marine biology. Afterwards he became the science department head and teacher at Iao School in Wailuku, and opened the Artists of Maui Collection, which enjoyed five display locations. He later was a partner in Blue Water Gallery at the Hyatt Regency Maui as well.