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Artist Mike Bagdonas


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BIOGRAPHYMike was born and raised in California with artistic abilities noted early in his life. He worked in the public sector, however, over a quarter of a century before turning to art full-time. Mike spent three years studying art at the California Art Institute following degrees from LA Valley College and Pepperdine University. He has also attended many workshops hosted by distinguished institutions and artist/teachers.Mike primarily paints oil paintings on location but also in his studio in Placerville, California. He finds inspiration from the Sierra Nevada mountain views and coastal views north of Big Sur above Carmel, California. He also paints oil paintings of cowboys, American Indians and wildlife. His paintings are strongly influenced by a number of distinguished master artists including Edgar Payne, Maurice Braun, Frederic Remington and Charles M. Russell.  Colleagues refer to Mike as a draftsman in that his renderings are very accurate while his style is impressionistic. His portraits show a spark of the subject’s personality.Mike has participated in numerous art competitions and exhibits during the past twelve years.  He has won many awards  and honors at the National and International levels including several Artist Choice awards and a Regional winner in the 2010 National Paint The Parks Top 100 Competition.  Mike has also been in many art galleries and is currently at the New Masters Gallery in Carmel, California.  Mike's paintings are in a number of collections in the United States and abroad in England, Japan and Switzerland.  ARTIST STATEMENTI am an oil painter who loves the great outdoors from the mountains to the seas.  My favorite painting locations are mostly in our nation’s National Parks or in the Sierra Nevada mountains or the California coastline north of Big Sur.  I also love our American heritage from the settlers who perilously ventured out west to the [...]

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