Michael was mainly a landscape painter with special interests in architecture and plant forms; he is best described as a rural painter. Michael unified his paintings by composing each subject of broad flat brushstrokes. The image as a whole is revolved through restrained suggestions of form, generating a strong sense of atmosphere, while the structure of his painting is reinforced through a predominance of vertical and horizontal elements.

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Michael Cadman's work was not widely available in his lifetime and is in considerable demand by both institutions and private collectors at home and abroad, including France, Germany, Holland, Switzerland, Canada, Australia, South Africa, USA and Japan. His interests were natural history, architecture and plants. He lived between Dorset and Cornwall, always yearning for the other county. He also loved France and Italy.