Knot Sanderling And Turnstone
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About the Artist
Mike has been birding since 1952 when he pestered his parents to buy binoculars during a family holiday in Cornwall. Since then he has seen around 425 species in Britain and many others abroad. The art room was his only refuge at Wolverhampton Grammar School where his art teacher encouraged his early attempts at drawing and painting. Mike went on to study at Wolverhampton College of Art where wildlife art at that time was unheard of.
Mike was elected to membership of the Society of Wildlife Artists in 1971, and the following year his first solo exhibition at the Moorland Gallery in London was completely sold out. He had now become a full time artist with regular commissions and exhibitions, including work for the RSPB. In 1980 he was commissioned to design a set of postage stamps for the Post Office, and during the 80s and 90s he undertook a lot of commissioned work in the USA. Here his travels took him to all 51 states and enabled him to develop his field sketching, which further evolved through trips with the Artists for Nature Foundation. He has since been involved with four ANF projects in the Netherlands, Poland, Spain and Ireland.
Mike has exhibited widely over the years, and has recently held shows in Mallorca, Spain, France, the Wildlife Art Gallery (Lavenham) and Slimbridge. His own books include Shorelines (1984), Field Sketches (1998), Langford Lowfields (1999) and Le Lac du Bourget (2001).
Mike is currently treasurer of the SWLA and President of Nottinghamshire Birdwatchers, which reflects his ongoing involvement with and enthusiasm for both art and birding.
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