A Dallas native, Michael Tole currently lives and works in Arizona.  When not painting, he is a husband and father, and is the department chair of the studio art and graphic design programs at Benedictine University Mesa.  After ten years of prolific artistic production and exhibition around the country, Michael has taken the past four years to re-evaluate and re-invent his work.  This new work reflects his loss of innocence due to an increasing awareness of, and evolving understanding of American pop culture.  This dawning awareness results from a reintroduction to pop music via his young daughters, his relocation to Tempe, AZ, and near proximity to Southern California.