Mike initially studied art at The Harris Art College, Preston before continuing his studies at Manchester College of Art. Following this period at College Mike enlisted in the RAF Police spending a three year period based on the Dutch / German border. Mike had, to his great delight, access to the Rijk Museum in Amsterdam which houses the wonderful paintings by Rembrandt, one of Mike’s favourite artists.
For many years Mike was an interior design consultant, the influence of which can be seen in his use of colour and detail in his paintings. Mike continued to paint for exhibitions during this period and following his retirement continues to exhibit his work and enjoy the membership of various art societies.
His preferred medium is oil but also produces work in water colour, pastel, pencil and fine pen. Although initially training as a portrait painter subjects now range from wildlife, land and seascapes and more recently, equestrian subjects.
Mike is a founder member of the Association of Animal Artists, a fellow of The Wildlife Art Society International and a member of the Society of All Artists.
Exhibitions have included venues at Christies, The Mall and Westminster Galleries in London. Also he has exhibited for the last twenty two years at the annual National Exhibition of Wildlife Art. At the annual fall exhibition of the American Academy of Equine Art in Lexington, Kentucky his painting won the prestigious ‘Founders Award’. He also exhibited both years at the Mall Gallery in the ‘Not the Turner Prize’ Exhibition.
Since 2008 Mike has been involved with the Lancashire Constabulary Mounted Police trying to promote an art profile for Police horses. Having painted a number of paintings of Police horses, the most recent involvement has been to illustrate two children’s books about the adventures of ‘Pendle the Police Horse’, written by Mounted Police Officer PC David Palmer-Davies. These books were created to raise funds for the Lancashire Police Horse Benevolent Fund, with all proceeds from the books going to the Benevolent Fund. These lovely books can be purchased via Amazon or any good book store. This is a ‘plug’ for a very good cause.