Michael Lancaster was born a fourth generation artist (paternal) the great Grandson of Charles Ringling. On his maternal side he is a third generation artist. His Grandfather was Jack A Warren - western illustrator and his mother - Betty Warren one the most important portraitists of the Twentieth Century. Lancaster began his visual arts as a potter in 1976 and by 2006 translated his pottery to his vivid industrial inspired ceramic sculptures he is known for today. He began painting in 2001. His paintings which he calls "a dance," are mystical and moving renditions of life's underpinnings.