Rooted in Tradition
Former Artists in Residence
Mike's earliest memories of art were related to literature. His mother was a teacher and taught him to read at a very early age. The marriage of image and words seems so natural, so linked. As a professional artist and illustrator he penned a quote that perfectly describes this sentiment; “Words are the wings of our imagination, but pictures are the final destination.” For Mike, the message of a painting, and now sculpture, and what it conveys to the viewer is preeminent. If it doesn’t communicate the idea of the painter or creator it is a failure, no matter how beautifully painted or how great the technique used in its creation is.