Images in Ink
I was born and raised in Winnipeg, MB but have been working and living in Calgary for the past 20 years. I have been creating art since I was a wee lad, and have always had a passion for creating art using pencil and pen/ ink. I have a long farming history in my family and by living in Calgary I'm so close to the mountains, which provides me with an abundance of subject matter to incorporate into my art.
My art has evolved over the years, but I remain true to myself and style and only create works on man made things and wildlife that I have personally seen. I want my art to represent my take on Canadiana being either agricultural, wildlife or scenic representations of personal experiences. I didn't set out to produce art about any specific subject or to create artwork to make environmental or social commentary. As my portfolio developed and people started to review my work, I began to notice a pattern I hadn't intended on but am now pleased with.
Most of my work tends to focus on nature, with a human object or two thrown in as I believe that humans and wildlife/nature can co-exist in an environment of mutual respect. When adding human elements, I always try to depict a positive message - the persistence of nature in recapturing what once belonged to the earth.
None of what I did was intentional - it all kind of developed and evolved over time. I’ve been asked numerous times for my reasons or intentions on certain pieces, but I've never liked to explain a certain piece of work. If I’ve created a piece of art and that's how I wanted it to be, I hope that the piece will speak for itself. Whatever it says to the viewer is the right message because there isn't a wrong or a right message. Each person sees and takes something away a little different from the same image and I'm happy with that.
I enjoy creating art using arguably one of the simplest forms….. dots. It's amazing to me what a few dot (by a few, I mean a few million or so) , laid down in specific order and concentrations, can look like. I like to challenge myself to use the pointillism style to create texture, depth and feeling. I love detail and I incorporate as much detail as possible into all if my works.
Pointillism is not for everyone, and it is a form of art that is not mainstream. There is a lot of history with this art form and I hope that I'm able to help keep it alive and I always try and encourage young artists to try it and to also help keep it alive.
Most of my pieces will take hundreds of hours to complete and having patience is a necessity. I will spend a lot of time designing and drawing the piece in pencil to ensure it is exactly like I envision it in my head before starting to lay down the ink. It takes a lot of planning when executing this style of art as you need to lay down the forefront ink of the piece before laying the background ink down. I never use anything else other than pencil and black ink. Mistakes are not an option as there is no way of covering them up.
Mike is currently taking commission requests. If interested or would like more information please fill out the form below: