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mike Since I began pursuing fine art a short seven years ago, it has been a fantasy of mine to be featured in Southwest Art's "21 Under 31", their yearly spotlight on emerging artists. This year I officially became to old to be part of that article so in lieu of my "formal" biography, I thought I would use their questionnaire to give you an insight into my past, the way I work and my plans for the future. Enjoy!
  • BORN: Elmhurst, IL.
  • ART EDUCATION: 2 years at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and 2 years at Cogswell Polytechnical College. Though it should be known that most of what I learned in school lent itself to the design and building of this website. All I know about painting I learn through private study with Philip Journeay.
  • STYLE: Impressionistic Realism (Oxymoron?)
  • MOST INTERESTING THING ABOUT THE WAY YOU WORK: I work best from about 1AM - 3AM.
  • FIRST ART SALE: My first year at the Art-A-Fair, was a 6"x12" figurative piece which my ex-girlfriend posed for.
  • SECOND CAREER CHOICE: There is a drawing/written kindergarten exercise my Mom saved which says, "When I grow up I want to be a doctor or an artist." Guess the doctor thing didn't pan out...
  • OTHER PASSIONS: MUSIC! Film and hockey.
  • MANTRA OR MOTTO: I'll get back to you on that.
  • QUIRKIEST TRAIT: I like to buy stretcher bars by the dozen.
  • BIGGEST FEAR: Having to be a web designer for the rest of my life.
  • FAVORITE STUDIO MUSIC: Difficult to answer... The little boat series was painted to Kelly Clarkson. It all depends on what I am into at the time.
  • BEST ADVICE RECEIVED: "Don't marry them (paintings), you can always paint another"
  • PET PEEVE: Artist's who paint subjects because other artist's get top dollar for their work. If you are not passionate about what you paint, it'll show through in your work and you will not be able to command what another artist might for his work.
  • FAVORITE ART WORK BY ANOTHER ARTIST: How about 4? "Gates of Dawn" or "Lament for Icarus", Herbert Draper. "Song of the Angels", William Bouguereau. "The Old Bridge", Guy Rose. John Singer Sargent and Joaquin Sorolla (Anything and everything by these two guys is magnificent!)
  • PRICE RANGE:$250 - $5000
  • NEXT BIG GOAL: Generate steady income from my art.
  • CREATIVE SPARK: Travel. Looking at the work of other artists, dead and alive.
  • I'LL KNOW I'VE MADE IT WHEN: I can hire someone to stretch my canvases for me...
  • GALLERIES: Currently seeking representation, until then, this website.
2010 Randy Higbee Gallery 6Squared Show
2008 Oil Painters of America 17th Annual National Juried Exhibition
2008 Salon International
2007 Salon International
2006 Oil Painters of America 15th Annual National Juried Exhibition
2004-
2010
Art-A-Fair Festival
Oil Painters of America - Associate Member