Michel was born in Québec City and has lived and worked in many places in the world such as England and France. In 1987 he moved with his family to Sooke where he has a permanent exhibition of his work in a gallery run by his wife, Marion. Many of his paintings form part of major collections. In 1970 paintings were purchased by the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich, England, one of which is being listed in a catalogue of all publicly owned oil paintings in the UK (200,000 paintings) sponsored by the BBC. More recently an oil painting entitled “The Logger” is part of the permanent Canada Hall Exhibition at the Canadian Museum of Civilization in Gatineau, Québec. Michel has as just completed a mural at Ayre Manor Lodge, an assisted living home in Sooke.