The original plan had been to be a fighter pilot like his father. But then Michael Rosato realized that art was where his passion was. With no formal training, Michael spent hundreds of hours of teaching himself to sketch, filling his apartment walls with larger-than-life human figures. He learned to paint on the job as an assistant to a muralist. Today, with more than 20 years of experience under his paint-splattered belt, he is in demand. His oversize murals depict realistic scenes at Smithsonian museums, National Park Service sites, major league ballparks, the Oklahoma bombing memorial, and more. After living in New York and D.C., Michael and his wife moved to Dorchester County, drawn by the natural beauty and access to water. He started working in his downtown Cambridge studio in 2001. In recent years he’s created five outdoor murals here in Dorchester that capture aspects of local life and history. The murals are part of the still growing Chesapeake Country Mural Trail
commissioned by Dorchester County Tourism. The small photo here shows a wall in Michael’s studio with sketches of some of those murals.
“As a painter, I’m moved by the sheer natural beauty of this area’s landscape and wildlife…and water is a big part of that.”