The pastoral landscapes that Malm paints are a reflection of his feelings about rural Utah, about which he says, “I love the old farm communities, the grazing animals and wide open fields. There is something peaceful about these settings”. Though he enjoys painting the beautiful valley around him, he has not limited himself to landscapes, and often includes figures, grazing animals and still life in his work. A native of Utah, Michael Malm is a painter of figurative subjects, especially females in western landscape, often with horses. He has achieved his professional art reputation early, being only 22 when he began and got immediate acceptance in prestigious galleries and won the Arts for the Parks competition.