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Mike likes to work directly in an expressive manner in oil, acrylic, pastel or watercolour. His paintings show his love of experimental mark-making, with paint often applied with pieces of card, palette knives and brushes and his excitement in using
vibrant colours, applied boldly.
Painting is what really inspires me. I love the excitement in using bright colours, applied boldly. Technically I like to experiment with all sorts of marks, applied often with pieces of card, palette knives and brushes. It is vitally important that the work is lively and makes an impact by seizing the viewer’s attention. Lately, to achieve ‘expression’ in paintings I have concentrated on acrylic paint more, which can be ‘layered’ more quickly because of it’s shorter drying time. In this way I can preserve the brightness of the colours. Sometimes I will start with a ‘colour ground’ to set up the colour scheme and atmosphere of a given picture. Recently I have embarked on a large series of musicians, performing. I simply try to bring the performance to life. In a way this is what I have done in the past , giving a ‘presence’ to the various local landscapes and townscapes I have witnessed.