Michael herring was born in the United States. His father was a military man, so he spent most of his life moving and living in different parts of the US.
During the sixties, he went to England and studied art there at the Byam Shaw school of drawing and painting in London.
After returning to the United States, he began a career as an Illustrator.Lived and worked in new York. It was there that he met his wife. They worked together as an illustration Studio for more than 20 years, both in new York and California. They moved to Australia in 2003 and retired in 2006 from illustration. In the following years, he painted only for himself.