A New Mexico artist, Michael is the youngest son of artists Peter Hurd (1904-1987) and Henriette Wyeth Hurd (1907-1997), and is part of a long line of Wyeth artists.
Michael's grandfather was noted illustrator N.C. Wyeth (1882-1945), and it was while Peter Hurd was studying art as N.C.'s private pupil in Chadd's Ford, Pennsylvania, that his met and fell in love with Henriette, the daughter of his teacher. Painting dominated Michael's family environment and his parents' lives when he was growing up, -sometimes Michael posed as a subject for his mother's paintings- but he was never encouraged to study art.
Instead his father, knowing the difficulty of art as a career, encouraged Michael to pursue a business career.
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