Mikel's work is inspired by the Luminist Artists of The Hudson River School.
He am most drawn to the deeply filtered light of dawn and dusk, it is then you can usually find him scanning the horizon and sky for nature's light show, making plans for another painting.
His paintings have found a home in numerous collections worldwide, private and public. He has earned the Copley Master Designation. That is what the C.M. is at the end of his name.
•1980-1989 Plein air painting trips with the late J. Cole Young throughout the northeast
•1980 St. Bonaventure University where I studied with the late J. Cole Young
•1978 Rochester Institute of Technology, Focus: Printmaking
•1976 RISD - Studied with Lorraine Shemesh, Hardu Keck and George Pappas
•1974 SUNY at Potsdam - Star Lake Summer Program - Studied with Dr. Joseph Hildreth
•Fall 2016 - Work included in North Light Books - Acrylicworks 4
•June 2016 - Copley Exhibition Launch - Award of Merit
•Dec 2015 - Finalist in National 6” Square Painting Competition - Judge: Jean Stern
•May 2014 - Finalist Artist of the year 2014 SPARK Awards, Buffalo, NY
•Fall 2013 - Finalist Plein Air Magazine National Salon Competition - Judge John Pence
•June 2013,14,15 - Honorable Mention Annual Finger Lakes Plein Air Festival
•Winter 2012 - Finalist in National 6” Square Painting Competition Judge: Jean Stern
•June 2012 - Second Place 1st Annual Finger Lakes Plein Air Festival
•Summer 2011 - The Alden Bryan Memorial Award for Traditional Landscape - CoSo Summer Show
•Spring 2011-13 - Finalist in National 6” Square Painting Competition Judge: Jean Stern
•Spring 2011 - Article featuring my work in American Artist Step by Step Magazine.
•Winter 2010 - 3rd Place in National 6” Square Painting Competition Judge: Jean Stern
•Apr 2008 - Cover artist for the 2008 Copley Patron’s Choice Exhibit
•Nov 2007 - Top 40 - Small Works North America, Greenwich, CT
•Oct 2006 - Awarded the John Singleton Copley Award for Outstanding Artistic Achievement
•Oct 2006 - Awarded the Copley Master designation
•May 2005 - Awarded the Bryan Found. Award in the at the Copley Society of Art..
•Aug 2004 - 2rd Place, CASEIN COMPETITION by American Artist, and Shiva
•Aug 2004 - Awarded the NSPCA Award at their 51st Annual Exhibit, Salmagundi Club, NY.
•Oct 2003 - Awarded the Copley Artist Signature Designation.
•Oct 2003 - Received the Utrecht Award for Excellence in Art - Copley Society
•May 2003 - 3rd Place, CASEIN COMPETITION by American Artist, NSPCA and Shiva.
•Oct 2002 - Received the Utrecht Award for Excellence in Art - Copley Society
•Aug 2002 - Finalist in The Artist's Magazine 2002 Arts Competition
•Jul 2002 - First Place Painting Category Corn Hill Art Festival