Mike is an established Canterbury artist, living and working in Springston South near Te Waihora/Lake Ellesmere.
Since his first public showing of work at the CSA Gallery in 1991, Mike has exhibited widely in both group and solo exhibitions.
In 1995 he initiated and co-curated the Hinewai Reserve Charity Art Exhibition at Picturesque Gallery in Akaroa and later that year became a full-time artist. His work has sold to many collectors in New Zealand, the UK, Australia and North America.
Largely self-taught, Mike’s art work is popular for its bold, often stylised images of land, sky and water. He is particularly known for his pastel landscape paintings which combine an intensity of colour with the tonal sensitivity of the soft pastel medium.
He has won several awards including the Selwyn District Council Acquisitive Art Award in 1998 and 2006 and has been a finalist in the Telecom Art Awards seven times. In 2010 he was awarded the Selwyn District Council Art and Culture Award for his contribution to the arts in the Selwyn District.
Mike draws inspiration for his work from his love of the New Zealand landscape and his interest in conservation and community. The birth of his daughter further highlighted for Mike the need to address environmental concerns in his work. Among other things, he believes children should have a future that includes fishing and swimming in rivers and drinking clean water.
To clean our dirty planet
now there’s a noble wish
and I’m putting my shoulder to the wheel
‘cause I want to catch some fish
Greg Brown (from Spring Wind 1992)