From The Mountains To The Sea
Studio and Outdoor (Plein Air) Work
Mike is an "alla prima" ( wet into wet paint) oil painter who regularly paints landscapes primarily from plein air studies and western themed oil paintings in his studio in the Sierra foothills of Northern California. His favorite painting locations are in the beautiful mountains of California as well as the awe-inspiring Northern California coast above Big Sur. The painting shown above is a studio painting done with a combination of brush and palette knife depicting a scene in the Hope Valley area of the Sierra Nevada mountains. Mike's palette knife work "en plein air" was featured in an article entitled, "Effective Use of the Expressive Palette Knife" in the August/September 2013 issue of Plein Air Magazine ( Click here to read this article).
Mike has won many awards and honors in National and International level art competitions. He was the Regional Winner of Region 3 in the 2010 National Paint The Parks Top 100 Competition and has received several "Artist Choice" awards in International level plein air competitions. He has also shown his paintings in many prestigious group shows in Museums and quality art galleries throughout the western United States. Mike has an affinity for painting images of working cowboys and their favorite animals: Horses and Cows. He doesnt know where this came from but recalls his childhood when he loved all of those old westerns with some of the greatest cowboys ever: Roy Rogers, Gene Autry, Hoppalong Cassidy and the Lone Ranger and Tonto.
Upcoming 2014 Art Events:
"13th Annual California Landscape Painters' Exhibition " An invitational Landscape Exhibition held at the John Natsoulas Gallery, Davis, CA from July 23 through September 20, 2014;
"22nd Annual Invitational Miniature Show" at the Germanton Gallery in Germanton, North Carolina from December 5, 2014 through January 10, 2015.