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Artist Mike Phelps


An example of fine art by Mike Phelps

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  • FASO Artist Website: http://www.mikephelpsfineart.com

  • Year Born: N/A

  • Price Range: $60.00 - $460.00
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Biography



Mike Phelps, like most artist, can trace his  love for art to an early age.  He was born in   Los Angeles California and raised in the Pacific Northwest, where art programs were prevalent at every level of education.  His family immigrated to Australia in the late 60,s. It was here in the river town of Renmark  that Mike was first introduced to professional art instruction. That desire lay dormant for several years and several careers. 
 
After a career in the United States Air Force, Mike entered the ministry and was a Pastor for 30 years. During that time he accepted a position of Staff Chaplain at a large West Tennessee hospital. The daily stress of ministry soon began to take it’s toll.   At the advice of a friend, he enrolled in a local community college watercolor class.  That was all it took to calm his spirit and rekindle the creative spark.  Mike quickly made friends with his teacher and mentor, West Tennessee artist Norma Dennison, who influences his work to this day. 
 
Later influences include, oil painter Dorothy Dent, of which Mike is a certified Dorothy Dent instructor.   
 
Mike puts a great deal of realism in his paintings, but with a spark of color, yet maintains a painterly effect. His works evoke memories of bye-gone days and the beauty of outdoor majesty.  His goal for every painting is to draw the viewer into the “peaceful calm” that inspired him.
 
Mike is a landscape painter who enjoys “Plein-air” events. Recently retired from ministry, he and his wife Lynn now reside in O’ Fallon, Missouri. He can be found teaching watercolor, acrylics,  and oil painting techniques to various age groups
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