This year, and last Christmas, Mike had two pictures selected for exhibition by the New English Art Club and the Royal Institute of Oil Painters at the Mall Galleries near Trafalgar Square. He is the New English Art Club drawing scholar for 2014.
Mike draws and paints in a traditional style, from life, not photographs. His oil paintings of fruit are done in daylight in the studio. He paints landscapes in oil outside in the open air. He scrapes off the paint and starts again.
Mike was born in 1965 and grew up in Winchester. He studied librarianship and realised early on he didn't want to be a librarian. Going to life-drawing classes cheered him up. He became a features subtitler for the deaf and hard-of-hearing - a lucky escape.
Mike achieved a first-class honours degree in Fine Art printmaking at London Metropolitan University. In the final year he was awarded a bursary for the Pont-Aven School of Contemporary Art summer programme. He attended Lavender Hill Studios a small atalier-style painting school. He came back to Winchester and helped establish and run the Yard Artists Studios before he moved to Brassey Road Studio.