Michael has been self-employed his entire life.
His first love was surfing, making his first surfboard in 1966.
Marrying and becoming a father in 1970 caused him to truly be in business,
by opening, ‘The Surf Shop” in Ventura, California,
Shaping and glassing his ‘Natural Motion’, and ‘Pure Fun Flyers’ Surfboards.
The fiberglassing part of making a surfboard
led him to become a welder, and create
Blue Pacific Welding,
a General Engineering ‘A’ Licensed, portable, certified welding service,
working on steel buildings and oil company pipelines.
. . . . .
Designing and building homes called to him next.
He added a General Building ‘B’ License
to design and build acreage view homes in SLO County and Arroyo Grande CA.
He also developed a lemon grove into a custom home subdivision he named
‘ Citrus Heights.’
Designing and building his family’s home twice,
the second at the top of a local hill on a 300’ cliff with Forever Valley and Ocean Views.
He achieved the American Dream.
Living at the pinnacle of a local hill in his early 40s
gave him the vistas to assess the valleys he had passed through and the hills he had climbed.
He woke up from an inculcated, successful American Dream.
Jettisoning the entire world he had spent two and a half decades building
to create his own dreams.
In the ensuing quietness. He heard new voices, whispered at first, then loader and loader.
The first voice said Paint.
He gathered the materials and began painting.
The next voice said, Act.
He went to San Luis Obispo’s Little Theatre,
took acting workshops, learning stagecraft, set design/build, and lighting.
Walking the boards he eventually starred in a play.
It was off to Hollywood and a SAG Card.
Then he chose to live as an artist
and sell his work.
The Michael Ackerman Studio
in San Luis Obispos Creamery,
then dwellinart on Garden St. and dwellinart on Higuera St.
His art life, helping others be more fully self-expressed, via art,
led him to found the non-profit organization,
Art Always Reveals Truth,
is to help you create you.
Learn more about Michael at
I learned to be fearless in the unknown,
from my father,
I learned to be loving and kind,
from my mother,
I learned to be who I am,
from my grandfather,
As I grew.
I learned how to:
Thrive in the unknown.
Be comfortable in my own skin.
Be loving and kind to myself, and then to others.
My Trials, Tribulations, and Victories,
to accept I possess every Human Quality.
I learned how to use each one
in the light and the dark
Living in the here and now
true to myself, in constant Bliss,
connected to individuals, and the cosmos in consistent
Looking back over my entire life
All I accomplished or ever will, is rooted in those gifts,
as well as mentors along the way.
I jettisoned one persona after another for two and a half decades,
giving ‘Body Time’ freely to un-lived parts of myself,
cross-pollinating my personas,
to explore new selves,
I am giving ‘Body Time, Simultaneously
To every persona I have been,
And whoever shows up.
I’m curious about what flows in and will be created,
that benefits me,