Peace, tranquility and optimism, relax and explore with your eyes.
When and how did you become an artist?
As an apprentice in the reprographic side of the printing trade I was fortunate to have my day release and 3 years trade training at the prestigious SLADE school in London, Later in life a change in career saw me as a Technical Author/Illustrator and I specialised in fine line drawings illustrating hard engineering machinery.
To relax after work I started painting for myself, both in Oil and Watercolour, As a keen photographer I had plenty of subjects to chose from, I was encouraged to enter art shows and was lucky enough secure sales. My '5 minutes of fame' came in 1988 when one of a set of three fine line drawings of mine, commissioned by the the London Manorial Society for the Greenwich Maritime Museum to celebrate victory over the Spanish Armada (1588), was presented HRH Charles Prince of Wales.
Who or what are your inspirations and why?
My inspirations come from observation of life and the people around me. The result of three golden comments that lodged in my mind as a (much) younger person
In photography: Every snapshot ever taken, if carefully explored and cropped accordingly, can be turned into an exhibition print.
In art: The borders of your work are the confining walls of your viewer, don't let their eyes escape or their attention wander.
In advertising: Capture the viewer in the first instant, hold their attention long enough to for your product to register, then satisfy their interest.
My work is the product of all three, that the small details count, the subject provides the interest that is contained by the composition.
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To contact Mike:
Telephone: 07484 116198