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 plein air painting done with a palette knife in the Point Lobos State Reserve south of Carmel. Its an example of Mike's use of a palette knife in his paintings. 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. His most recent award is the Regional Winner of Region 3 in the 2010 National Paint The Parks Top 100 Competition. 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.
Remaining 2013 Art Events:
Invitational Miniature Show, December 6, 2013 through January 10, 2014,
Germanton Gallery, Germanton, North Carolina