The Artist

Mike was born in Lincoln and trained in medicine at Jesus College , Cambridge and Saint Bartholomew”s Hospital. He practised in rural North Yorkshire and had a hospital appointment in Dermatology at Harrogate Hospital.

He was given his first paintbox ,aged seven,by a Polish refugee with the clear instruction “never stop painting and drawing” . He took this to heart and there has never been a time when the visual arts have not been an important part of his life.

He received no formal art training as a young man apart from a few classes at Gloucester Art School but on retirement from medicine he joined the London Art Academy and qualified with a first in July 2012 . His main graduate show painting was chosen by the President of the British Federation of Artists for their “Futures” show at the Mall Gallery in August 2012.

He has illustrated a number of children’s books including “The Pocket Mouse” and an anthology of Australian poetry and prose.

He is at present working in North Yorkshire and in London where he also has a studio.

In the past and during his professional medical career he concentrated mainly on pen and ink landscapes but since then has worked on abstract and semi abstract work. He often uses mixed media but works mainly works with acrylics and oils. He is interested in portraiture and enjoys book illustration work and intaglio printing.