Throughout life, I’ve discovered that I noticed things that other people seemed to miss; discarded bits along the roadside creating textural compositions, intricate patterns woven within old peeling paint and rusty metal objects, or how pine cones and needles gathered in abstract clumps on the ground pushed together by the mountain breezes. I become entranced by the dynamic patterns of waves on sand, the juxtaposition between light and shadow as the sun rises on the mountain sides or filters down through layers of palm fronds.
Mikel (pronounced “Michael”), is an American painter born in South Bend, Indiana. Formally trained in Photography and Technical Illustration, Mikel began his fine art career as a realism painter. He worked with traditional watercolors until 2008 when he began experimenting with brewed coffee. Having always loved the warmth of sepia tones, he extensively researched and successfully developed a process ensuring that his coffee paintings have the stability and preservation factors equal that of oil paintings.
As his oeuvre grew he realized that the aspects of his own paintings that he was most passionate about were the more abstract areas of textures, washes and tonal layers. Embracing this artistic journey, his mature abstract style has naturally evolved from those favorite areas within his realism paintings and are still inspired by the often-missed details he sees. The rich sepia tones of his work glow with an ‘earthy warmth’ and evoke a dynamic flux of shadow and light, interlinked with woven patterns and textures.
Mikel’s paintings can be found in many fine art galleries within Florida, Georgia and North Carolina. His works have also been featured on television and domestic and international magazines.