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About Me



Michael Ploplis has always possessed a creative side.  From very early in his childhood, he experimented with multiple forms of creation.  Charcoal, carving, sculpting, turning, pastels, inks, pencil, mosaic, glass blowing, and of course, painting.  Now, when most people are planning for retirement, Michael has embraced a reawakened passion for expression through painting. You're invited to follow along with Michael on his endeavor to reinvent himself, and to express his long dormant artistic nature after years of service in both the fire service and EMS. 


Michael finds inspiration in feelings, emotions, thoughts, and experiences.  For Michael, painting is a means of therapy, of healing.  The goal for Michael, like any artist, is for someone standing in front of his work to feel something.  To experience empathy. 


With a growing list of media and paint options, Michael creates highly textured and vividly colored pieces with a multitude of surfaces as his canvas.  

His newest passion is exploring spray paints to create abstract paintings that have an organic inspiration or feel.   

career highlights

In March of 2021, Michael established his first studio space at The Rail Walk Studios & Gallery in Salisbury, NC.  

January 1, 2022 Article appeared in Salisbury Post featuring Michael, and his endeavor to transition from Paramedic to full-time artist.  

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Pretty simple. I want you to love your painting. If for some reason you find that you don’t love your painting, simply contact me and I’ll take it back.

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