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 for "Late January Pears"
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.
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.