Mike‘s first interest in art as a child was copying newspaper comics and attempting to do portraits of family members. During high school he pursued a more technical aspect of drawing in drafting classes. Mike’s first year at The University of North Texas was spent as an architecture major but his interest shifted to advertising design and drawing and painting.
He began his career working for Point Communications as a production artist. After one year he moved to Eisenberg Pannell, and worked there as a graphic designer for three years, and then Pirtle Design for five years. Both design firms were nationally known and highly acclaimed. In 1986 he started his own design and illustration studio where he began specializing in water color illustration.
Major clients Mike has worked for include Diamond Shamrock, SMU, Centex, Omega Optical, TGI Friday’s, Chili’s, Northern Telecom, Donruss, JC Penney’s, Beauti Control, EDS, Voluntary Hospitals of America, Boy Scouts of America, American Heart Association, Concentra, and a variety of other design firms and advertising agencies.
Mike’s illustration and graphic design work has been published in The New York Art Directors Annual, Design in Texas, and Communication Arts Magazine. He has also received numerous awards from the Dallas Society of Visual Communications, and Houston Art Directors Club.
Throughout his career Mike has been invited to teach as an adjunct professor at University of North Texas, Collin County Community College, Brookhaven Community College, Texas Christian University, East Texas State and Texas A&M Commerce.
One of Mike’s illustration assignments was to paint oil portraits of pro football and baseball stars for Donruss Trading Card Company. Five years and 160 portraits later, Mike’s new passion for oil painting and realism led him to pursue a fine art career. Today Mike enjoys the challenge and excitement of matching color, value, shapes and edges, while painting from life.
Mike currently teaches at The Ft. Worth Academy of Fine Arts in addition to teaching privately at Davis Foundry Gallery in the Bishop Arts District.