Raised in California, Mike resides in his hometown of Santa Cruz, about 100 miles south of San Francisco on the coast. With a degree in Engineering, his career in marketing and hi-tech led him to many different assignments, none of which included art.
As a youngster, Mike was always attracted to art. Yet, parental “encouragement” led him away from making it a life’s focus.
It began as a kitchen table hobby in 1988 and soon consumed his every thought. He started at age 46 with a few lessons, lots of books and an occasional workshop to get him on his feet. What paid off most, he says, was the compulsive, daily and late night sessions at his easel.
Mike is an adventurous, bold soul and it shows in the way he applies his painting skills. He is never satisfied with the superficial. Always reaching for excellence, he is one who must exhaust all avenues of learning, in order to enlarge his understanding and expand his abilities.
He is an extraordinary teacher who has aroused a following of fans who swear by his message of ‘going beyond the obvious’ and credit his teaching with their own breakthroughs to artistic understanding. His enthusiastic, positive and often hilarious approach is infectious. Mike’s nature is to make everything fun and keep the processes exciting, yet challenging. Those who have been in his workshops or classes often repeat them in order to be around his stimulating teaching and supportive guidance. He spends some 15 to 20 weeks per year instructing groups from beginners to advanced painters. In addition, almost annually, he leads painting groups to exciting European painting retreat destinations.
Of course, he is associated with numerous art societies and is a signature member of the National Watercolor Society. The awards he has received, the articles in magazines and his art featured in painting books are a testament to his continuous pursuit of excellence. His paintings are held in private and corporate collections in the US, Europe and Australia.
He has two daughters and three grandchildren all of whom live outside of California.