Mike draws and paints in a traditional style, from life, not photographs. His still-life oil paintings are done in daylight in the studio. He paints landscapes in oil outside in the open air. Sometimes 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. He attended Lavender Hill Studios a small atalier-style painting school. He came back to Winchester and helped establish the Yard Artists Studios before he moved to Brassey Road Studio.
For the past four years, Mike has had paintings selected for exhibition by the New English Art Club at the Mall Galleries in London. He was a New English Art Club drawing scholar for 2014, and won the NEAC Winsor & Newton Award in 2015.