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Artist Mike Irvin


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Biography


 
Mike was born in Ardmore, Oklahoma and moved to Corsicana, Texas, with his family, at the age of one year.  Therefore, he considers himself a “native” Texan.  In 1990, Mike and his wife Sara purchased land in the Norse area west of Clifton and made it their permanent home in 2000 after his retirement from The Southland Corporation in Dallas.  His life-long goal was to return to art, which he studied at Baylor, after his corporate career.  He has seen that goal become a reality.
A representational artist, Mike works primarily in oils.  While his main subject matter focuses on southwest, ranching, and western themes, he has not narrowed his choice of subjects.  “I like to paint what inspires me because that’s how it stays fun and challenging.  By exploring different subjects, I can reinforce the decisions that I will eventually make.  I have fully found my niche and I am doing exactly what I have been working and planning for all my life”. 
Mike has benefited greatly from living in Clifton with a strong art community truly devoted to and interested in the arts.  He has studied under local artists Tony Eubanks, George Hallmark, Bruce Greene, and Martin Grelle, as well as artists Scott Christensen and Sherry McGraw.  Clifton and Bosque County provide much of the scenery, ranches, hills, people, and historical buildings depicted in many of Mike’s paintings. 
Since resuming his art career, Mike has been accepted into numerous national juried art shows and invitational shows, including the Conservatory Art Classic, where he received the People’s Choice Award in 2007.  He has also participated in Round Up and The Collector’s Classic at the Museum of Western Art in Kerrville, Texas, the Mountain Oyster Invitational in Phoenix, Arizona, and the Salon International in San Antonio.  In 2009, he participated in the [...]

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