A native of California, Mike has lived
on the San Francisco Peninsula for more than thirty years.
His formal art education started in
1996 when he began to study figure drawing at the Palo Alto
Cultural Center's open studio. Soon after, he took classes
from Peninsula artist and teacher, Jim Smyth. Through Jim,
Mike was introduced to the painting and workshops taught by
colorist Ovanes Berberian. A student of the late Russian master
Sergei Bongart, Berberian was able to provide a strong foundation
in the fundamentals of painting. More recently, Mike has had
the good fortune to continue his study with another Bongart
student (and teaching assistant), Sunny Apinchapong-Yang.
From all of these lessons Mike has
broadened his art experience and continues to study on his
own. Painting directly from nature, whether still life, figure
or landscape, he works to put feeling into his painting. Creating
rich color harmonies with a vigorous approach is a hallmark
of his work.
Showing since 1998, Mike's work has
won awards and been collected widely. Currently he continues
to paint and teach in Mountain View, California.