Sawdust Artists


Michael Thorstensen


Thorstensen, Michael




My name is MICHAEL THORSTENSEN, and I am an ARTIST and PHOTOGRAPHER living here in lovely Laguna Beach, California. I’ve had my artwork exhibited throughout Southern California, including the San Diego Art Institute, the Orange County Center for Contemporary Art, The Millard Sheets Gallery, as well as here in Laguna Beach. My pieces have also been shown in Manhattan, Cambridge, Massachusetts, and at Boise State University, where one critic described my piece as being “the most comical and simultaneously heartbreaking work in the show”. I exhibit annually at the Sawdust Art Festival.

For the last several years, the main focus with my photography has been discovering the possibilities of the digital darkroom. As a result, I have taken my photography to a whole new level of artistic expression, creating unique works of art.

Since living here in Laguna Beach for over two decades (I’m originally from Utah), I certainly consider it home. I enjoy life here with my husband Jeffrey Clark and our Border Terrier, Bryce and Lakeland Terrier, Gertie.

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