Michael F. Combs

Michael F. Combs

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I never imagined I would be an artist, an author, a music composer, or six-time world record holder in aviation for that matter. I also never imagined I would survive death, twice – literally dying, seeing the other side -- and being given a second chance to live out my dreams.

However, it was facing death that what really taught me how to live.

It’s a crazy thing to die. In that moment, I was faced with my regrets in life, all the things I wish I would have done differently, which for me was flying and pursing my gift of music. You see, because of the oxygen loss when my heart stopped, I had severe memory loss. I didn’t remember the names of colors or the scent of flowers, or the feel of the sun on my skin, or even my family. Innocence was fully restored, and I was fully impressionable and vulnerable like a young child might be, but I knew I was a grown man.

Waking up those first 6 months after my heart gave out was like waking up in a dream – everything was new and foreign, yet eerily familiar.

The doctors said I would never recover but I knew I was sent back with a purpose – a mission. It took nearly two years to get back on my feet. Every day would focus on my blessings with gratitude and joy. To deal with the pain, I would imagine soaring in the sky, weaving in and out of clouds completely free. That’s where the dream to fly into all 50 states was born to encourage people to “Never, EVER give up on your dreams”, but that’s another story (check out The Flight for the Human Spirit.)

I wasn’t an artist until after I died and came back. One night, 40 weeks after I had flat-lined, I was instructed in my dreams how to paint. I was taught ...

I never imagined I would be an artist, an author, a music composer, or six-time world record holder in aviation for that matter. I also never imagined I would survive death, twice – literally dying, seeing the other side -- and being given a second chance to live out my dreams.

However, it was facing death that what really taught me how to live.

It’s a crazy thing to die. In that moment, I was faced with my regrets in life, all the things I wish I would have done differently, which for me was flying and pursing my gift of music. You see, because of the oxygen loss when my heart stopped, I had severe memory loss. I didn’t remember the names of colors or the scent of flowers, or the feel of the sun on my skin, or even my family. Innocence was fully restored, and I was fully impressionable and vulnerable like a young child might be, but I knew I was a grown man.

Waking up those first 6 months after my heart gave out was like waking up in a dream – everything was new and foreign, yet eerily familiar.

The doctors said I would never recover but I knew I was sent back with a purpose – a mission. It took nearly two years to get back on my feet. Every day would focus on my blessings with gratitude and joy. To deal with the pain, I would imagine soaring in the sky, weaving in and out of clouds completely free. That’s where the dream to fly into all 50 states was born to encourage people to “Never, EVER give up on your dreams”, but that’s another story (check out The Flight for the Human Spirit.)

I wasn’t an artist until after I died and came back. One night, 40 weeks after I had flat-lined, I was instructed in my dreams how to paint. I was taught how to hold the brush, the different pressures of the brush and the outcomes, different techniques and mediums. It was a rush of information. The next morning, I purchased paints and canvas and began my journey. As with anything, you can learn about something and know how it works, but it still takes the development of the motor skills to get good at it.

While the early paintings may not be considered masterpieces by others (yet), they are incredibly precious to me because they were created through the eyes of childlike innocence and wonderment. They were created by a man who was just discovering the incredible world around him. And, with each painting I got a little better, like burdens being lifted or my new world being painted before me.

Years later, I discovered that the paintings were of places and things I had never seen or had any knowledge of at the time, but were more like visions of things I would see one day. I have since seen many of these places in my travels or on TV or movies. It’s awfully convicting.

Today, I paint with great spiritual purpose. Each painting is infused with hidden meaning and purpose to evoke your emotions and help draw out the best in you.

All of my paintings are available in print, but I rarely sell originals. If interested in a piece that you do not see in my store, just ask.

Who Cares What They Say
Who Cares What They Say
  • 12 x 9 x 0.5 in
The Juggler
The Juggler
  • 12 x 9 x 0.5 in
The Five Sisters - NOT FOR SALE
The Five Sisters - NOT FOR SALE
  • 12 x 9 x 0.5 in
So Many Questions
So Many Questions
  • 9 x 12 x 0.5 in
Remix
Remix
  • 10 x 10 x 0.5 in
Deep Roots
Deep Roots
  • 16 x 12 x 0.5 in
The End of the Headache
The End of the Headache
  • 10 x 10 in
The Beginning of Hope
The Beginning of Hope
  • 10 x 8 in
For Love
For Love
  • 10 x 8 x 1 in
Unimaginable Joy - NOT FOR SALE
Unimaginable Joy - NOT FOR SALE
  • 20 x 20 x 0.5 in
Metamorphosis
Metamorphosis
  • 20 x 10 x 3.5 in
Coming Up For Air
Coming Up For Air
  • 16 x 12 x 0.5 in
Can You See Me?
Can You See Me?
  • 10 x 10 x 0.5 in
The View at Fourteen Light Years - NOT FOR SALE
The View at Fourteen Light Years - NOT FOR SALE
  • 20 x 16 x 0.5 in
The Transition
The Transition
  • 9 x 12 x 0.5 in
The Commitment
The Commitment
  • 5 x 7 x 0.5 in
The Battle
The Battle
  • 7 x 5 x 0.5 in
Spirit Touches Man - NOT FOR SALE
Spirit Touches Man - NOT FOR SALE
  • 9 x 12 x 0.5 in
New Discovery
New Discovery
  • 5 x 7 x 0.5 in
Coexistence
Coexistence
  • 10 x 8 x 0.5 in
Finding My Wings - NOT FOR SALE
Finding My Wings - NOT FOR SALE
  • 20 x 20 x 0.5 in
Coffee Cats
Coffee Cats
  • 30 x 40 x 1 in
End of the Day
End of the Day
  • 30 x 36 x 1 in
Cruise Cats
Cruise Cats
  • 30 x 36 in
Two Choices
Two Choices
  • 36 x 30 in