Mike is a retired high school Social Studies teacher in the Pottsgrove School District. Following his retirement in 2005, Mike coupled a love of travel with his lifelong love of art into a second career. He is a self taught artist in the mediums of oil and pastels. Beginning in 1996, Mike has organized trips to Europe on a yearly basis and has used that travel experience to incorporate subject matter into his paintings. The most influential country of his travels is Italy which he has visited fifteen times and has used its natural beauty and diverse landscape as his major influence. The sunny climate of Italy has brought a brightness to his palette and has continued to influence this creativity through his paintings. In recent years, Mike has traveled to Ireland and the Normandy region of France and these trips have given a different perspective on subject matter as well as a different understanding of color and light.
Mike is a member of the Chester County Art Association and has displayed works in their Exton gallery on a regular basis. He has shown his art work in a show at the Indian Valley Public Library in Telford, PA and Stella’s Restaurant in Sellersville, PA. For the past two years, his paintings have been accepted into the annual juried Schuylkill River Heritage Art Show at the Montgomery County Community College in Pottstown and the Montgomery County Bar Association show, Courting Art, at the Blue Bell campus. Mike has participated in the Chadds Ford Gallery’s annual Christmas miniature show. He has paintings on display at the Berwyn Gallery in Berwyn, PA.