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How to be Bold & Spontaneous with Pastel

Members use code at checkout: Workshop

  • Starts Apr 20
  • 425 US dollars
  • Arts in the Sunset

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Service Description

Mike Mahon’s style is impressionistic realism. His portraiture and landscapes seem to intensify and exaggerate the story he wants to tell in them. Ordinary people and places are suddenly transformed when Mike focuses on the heart and soul of his subjects. As Hunter Ingalls, art educator and art critic, stated in a newspaper interview, “Mike Mahon is an artist with a clear command of both the oil and pastel media... (his) works reveal an ability to single out simple, unassuming details for special emphasis, elevating the imagery into radiant, dream-like originality.” Mike’s love of art grew naturally as he was raised on the flat plains of West Texas as well as in mountainous Northern New Mexico. Both were vastly different, yet strangely complementary places. One would always make him long for the other. Mike’s broad Southwestern subject matter is an honest outworking of his family’s roots. His grandfather moved his family from Fort Worth, Texas, to Taos, New Mexico, in 1913, to be the town’s only pharmacist, living next to Kit Carson’s residence and the one-time Stables Gallery. Mike’s grandfather sometimes bartered his prescriptions for the paintings of struggling artists, who were part of the original Taos art colony, and his artist-great uncle, Ben Hopkins, was mayor of Taos in 1916. From 1958 until he graduated from Texas Tech University in 1971 with a Fine Art degree, Mike spent most of his summers in the Red River/Taos County area, but never away from his sketchbooks. His life as a commercial artist and illustrator for twenty-eight years prepared Mike for the full-time fine art career he now enjoys in Rio Rancho, NM, just south of Santa Fe. In 1978, Mike established his own art business in Amarillo which he expanded to include advertising art, commercial printing/typesetting, professional photography, film animation, industrial filmmaking, and a photo processing lab. He has studied with Clarence Kincaid, Ben Konis, Kim English, Judi Betts, John Budicin, and Albert Handell. His varied experience in every area of the art business has helped him demonstrate excellence and versatility in pastel, watercolor, oil, and photography. Passionately invested in virtually every area of the visual arts throughout his career, Mike is also the inventor of a revolutionary pastel management & Plein air painting system, Mike Mahon’s Pastel Porter TM.

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Cancellation Policy

You may cancel for a refund within 1 week of classes start dates. No refunds or make up dates will be offered