Michael Owen studied ceramics and Chinese brush painting with Matteo Leeds at Dharma Realm Buddhist University and ceramics with Doug Browe, Larry Henderson, and Gary Medina at Mendocino College. He was a student of Chinese calligraphy for several years with Lu T’i at Dharma Realm Buddhist University. He learned watercolor techniques from Nancy Teeling at Mendocino College and from Dave Marks in Alaska. He was a participant in the Made in Mendocino Gallery in Hopland, as well as exhibiting paintings in Fort Bragg. He has taught drawing and ceramics at the elementary and high school levels as well as directing workshops for children and adults.