About the Artist – David Nordahl

Born in 1941, Nordahl grew up on a farm in Minnesota. He drew and painted from an early age.

In 1978, Nordahl began painting the Apache. Of all the Native American tribes, the Apache continue to be the least known or understood.

In 1988, Nordahl began painting for Michael Jackson. Together, they created paintings and plans for amusement parks and attractions in Las Vegas. This working relationship continued till Michael’s death in 2009.

Nordahl lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico and continues to paint the Apache as well as fantasy, people and animals. His paintings can be found in museum and private collections in the U.S. and many foreign countries.

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To view David Nordahl’s Michael Jackson Gallery:

A Personal Note of Thanks from Lisa to Mr. Nordahl:

Needless to say, when choosing the artwork for the book cover, I knew it had to be the right image that embodied Michael’s essence and his message. I wasn’t certain what that would be and had some different ideas floating in my head. At the same time, I was looking for someone close to Michael to write the foreword for my book. Again, it needed to be someone that could capture the truth of Michael’s heart and spirit.

Then one morning in August of 2013, I “asked” Michael for help… who did he want to write the foreword? It was then that I remembered an artist I had read about a couple of months before. His name was David Nordahl. While reading the article, I recognized his paintings of Michael–paintings I had seen in books and various places over the years–but what grabbed my attention above all else, was that he had grown up on a farm in none other than my home state of Minnesota! I found that to be too interesting and uncanny, not to mention, that he was also a horse person! A man from my own heart! :) 

I immediately wrote him an email asking if he would consider writing the foreword for my book. To my delighted surprise, he graciously responded only a couple of days later saying he would be honored to do so. I was so happy because I could feel that David was a very special friend to Michael and vice versa. Hence, I knew this was the best person–someone that intimately understood Michael in a way that was far from the image portrayed by the media.

As a result, one thing led to another and before I knew it, David generously offered to use his painting, “Field of Dreams” as the cover of the book. In profound awe, I knew this is how Michael desired it to be.

With humbled gratitude, David, I thank you from the deepest part of my heart. Like all of the “Michael Miracles” that have been a part of this incredible journey of spirit, this was no different. Michael led me to you and he is happy.

Thank you and God bless you,
-Lisa Brisse