Mike has a passion for the outdoors that spans his life.  Born in Idaho and moving to California at an early age, he brought with him a love for nature. From being an avid backpacker and rock climber in his youth, to a lifelong pursuit of fly fishing, he has always found himself in the outdoors. It was only natural for him to bring this passion for the outdoors to his paintings.  Mike works in pastel, drawn to its intense pigments and spontaneity of application.  Taking his inspiration from both what he observes on location, and the work of the early California Impressionists, Mike captures the beauty and the light of the joys found in the California landscape.  While Mike describes himself as largely self-taught, he has studied with some of the top artists in his medium including Terri Ford, Albert Handell, Liz Haywood-Sullivan, and Richard McKinley.
HomeRosemary's StudioMike's StudioNewsAbout RosemaryAbout MikeContact Us

Past Affiliations
Selected Shows and Exhibits
2018 SLOMA’s Brushstrokes Juried Exhibit, at Art Center Morro Bay – May 17 – June 25
2018 Beacon Art Show Juried Exhibit – SLO Methodist Church – March 3 - 31
2017 19th Annual Arts Obispo Open Studios Art Tour – October 14-15 and October 21-22
2017 Stolo Family Vineyards – “As the Grape Grows” depicting phases of the growing season, May - November
2017 Cambria Center for the Arts – Spring Juried Show March 30 – April 30
2016 Paso Robles Artsfest – Outdoor Fine Arts Sale – Saturday May 28
2016 Big Sky Café – “Two Points of View” – March 15 - May 16
2016 Art Center Morro Bay – "From the Arboretum" Juried Show – February 23 – April 4
2016 Beacon Art Show Juried Exhibit - SLO Methodist Church – March 4 – April 3
2015 17th Annual Arts Obispo Open Studios Art Tour - October 10-11 and October 17-18
2015 Cambria Center for the Arts – Juried Art Exhibit “Cultural Heritage” March 26 – May 3
2014 16th Annual Arts Obispo Open Studios Art Tour - October 11-12 and October 18-19
2014 Thatcher Winery - Paso Robles, CA - August through October
2014 Cambria Center for the Arts – Plein Air Exhibit “A Breath of Fresh Air” – January 9 – February 9
2013 15th Annual Arts Obispo Open Studios Art Tour - October 12-13 and October 19-20
2013 Cambria Center for the Arts – Juried Fine Art Exhibit - April 5 - May 5
2012 Allied Artists of the Santa Monica Mountains and Seashore – Malibu Nature Preserve 10th Annual Exhibit – September 30
2012 “Paint the Lake” Plein Air Event, Mountain Arts Network Gallery, September 9 – October 8 Lake Arrowhead Village
2012 “Step Up for Pastels” at Gallery 113 in Santa Barbara September 3 – 29
2012 Malibu Arts Festival with Allied Artists of the Santa Monica Mountains and Seashore - July 28-29
2012 "Pastels USA" Pastel Society of the West Coast at the Art Center in Morro Bay, CA - May-June
2012 “Preserving Native California” Pastel Society of the Gold Coast at UCSB Faculty Club May-June

Questions?
Contact Mike at [email protected] or click here about availability of paintings or for other information.
Awards
Click here for new shows and exhibits
2016 Beacon Art Show Juried Exhibit
    Merit Award

2010 Westlake Village Art Guild Member's Show
   Honorable Mention - Pastel & Graphics

2010 Arts Council of the Conejo Valley – May Art Fest
   Honorable Mention – Graphics/Pastel
Affiliations