In 1981, Michael Sullivan had an epiphany: that computers would drastically change the way photographers and artists would perform their craft. It should be noted that this was many years before the Macintosh and the advent of desktop publishing. Most of his creative friends thought he was crazy. He nonetheless quit his successful advertising photography business and came to Boston to obtain a degree in Computer Science. He completed his degree in 1985.

In 1988 he produced some of the very first color separations on a Macintosh using Adobe Illustrator 88. Also in 1988 he produced some of the very first desktop film scans on a Macintosh using BarneyScan v1.0 which would later become known as Adobe Photoshop. He has been using every version of Photoshop ever after. In 1992 he worked with some of the very first digital camera backs producing award-winning art direction for clients such as Scitex. In 1994 his firm was a pioneer in the then nascent web design phenomenon, winning numerous awards for these early websites. Also in 1994 he wrote one of the very first books on scanning entitled "How to Make Your Scanner a Great Design & Production Tool: published by NorthLight Press, which went into a second edition.

By 2002, all the pieces had finally come together to fulfill his orginal vision of more than twenty years earlier: that digital processes were now mature enough to be accepted and widespread throughout the creative world. This is why in 2003 he created The Printwright Studio -- to work with emerging talent to produce the highest quality art prints using state-of-the-art technology and techniques in a collaborative, intimate environment.