A native of South Bend, Indiana, Michael Cole moved to Florence, Alabama at a young age. There, he painted and drew with an eye toward the architectural field. However, after attending Auburn University, Cole soon realized his dream of becoming an artist. Upon graduation, Cole moved to Orlando, Florida where he became a Disney artist. There, he worked on projects for the Disneyland, Disneyland and Disney Hong Kong theme parks, including A Bugs Life and Toy Story.While at Disney, Cole developed expressive fine art featuring the Looney Tunes characters. Having grown up watching Looney Tunes cartoons, Cole felt a particular affinity for Bugs, Daffy and the gang, and was inspired to develop unique imagery with these works. Currently, Cole works with the hit animated series VeggieTales. Being one who believes art and entertainment often mix, in addition to his animation duties, Cole opened NolenCole, a gallery/eatery featuring live entertainment, which soon became popular with the local Florence art scene. Cole’s future plans include opening a second NolenCole gallery in Franklin, TN. where he now lives.