Artist michael stricklin

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My latest paintings are artistic expressions inspired by my coastal encounters as a surfer and stand up paddle (SUP) wave rider. The colors, complex layering, energy and motion reflected in my work are attempts to interpret the dramatic beauty of our Rhode Island coastal environments.

Each day our senses are visually impacted by reflections, refractions, and shadows that weave our landscapes of perception. We seek to ground ourselves in comprehending and navigating our terrain before us. I see my work as an existential snapshot, an attempt to express these sensory experiences in a creative language of color and movement.

Mixing and scraping a combination of pigments, while layering and smoothing the wide strokes, are my attempts to create a window to a new visual experience. What finalizes a work of art for me lies in its innate visual passion, its sense of unique color combinations, conveying new shapes and depth of composition. What emerges after completion is the title for the painting.
This transpires as if the new work, having a life of its own, speaks
it’s own truth.


Michael Stricklin began painting as an art student at Mercer County Community College in New Jersey in 1972.  He studied with Mel Leipzig, an art professor who is considered one of New Jersey’s most accomplished painters.  Mike had just returned from military service as a Marine in Vietnam when he enrolled to study art and explore his creative passions.
He continued to study art and art history at the University of Rhode Island, where he attended on a soccer scholarship, graduating in 1977.  He then played soccer professionally and coached at Harvard University for three years.  He was inducted into the New England Soccer Hall of Fame in 2009.
He spent 15 years working as a Production Art Manager for Adidas before retiring at the end of 2017.  He works in his art studio at home.  As an avid surfer, stand-up paddle wave rider, he has been continually inspired by the colors and textures of the water and sky, and he illustrates his visual experiences into his artwork.
He had a solo show in Wakefield, RI in 2018, “Expressionist Visions: A Surfer’s View From The Surface.”  He had a painting selected for a juried show at Newport Art Museum in 2019.  His work is currently being shown in Charlestown Gallery, Charlestown, RI.  Mike’s work is also on display at The Break Hotel in Narragansett.  As an accomplished instrumental solo guitarist,  he can often be seen playing guitar locally. 
Website: stricklinstudio.org


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