|Birth place or City of origin:||Akron|
|State of origin:||OH|
|Last known City:||Cody|
|Last known State:||WY|
When his parents bought a ranch near Cody, Wyoming, M C Poulsen became an instant Westerner. Exploring the surrounding rugged terrain on horseback, he developed an abiding love for the land. As a child, Poulsen loved art and enjoyed copying paintings and reading art books. After enlisting in the Marines, he was stationed near Washington, DC, where he visited museums to view portraits that influenced his own portraiture.
Poulsen was studying art on the GI Bill at Arizona State University when he chanced to meet the artist Olaf Wieghorst in a Scottsdale gallery. The older artist graciously critiqued his work, then recommended him to a gallery that showed his work for several years.
In the late 1970s, Poulsen returned to Wyoming where he built a house and studio in an idyllic setting near Yellowstone Park. There he spends summers sketching and gathering material for paintings he completes each winter.
Biography from Eiteljorg Museum