One of Mike's first styles depicted urban Milwaukee settings in three dimensional painted canvas. Here a back porch and stoop protrude from a typical Southside duplex.
Moving to Phoenix brought about new imagery. Cacti, neon, sunsets, and old cars gave Mike new icons. "Babylon" is a large canvas painted in acrylics. The Phoenix Files were a natural extension of Mike's interest in and love of his new locale.
Eventually, as part of the Phoenix Art Press, Mike began to develop an abstract illusionist style. Geometric shapes float over subtly gradiated backgrounds.
Experimentation in monoprinting and abiding interests in old cars and science fiction influenced a major style represented here by "'57 Chevy." Mike prophetically described this use of engine gaskets and industrial imagery as "precision compression malfunction." An apt epitaph.
Probably the most popular and enduring style was his Southwestern still life monoprints. These used pottery motifs and real foliage against a variety of backgrounds and an evolving palette.
This piece is one of three experiments in developing a new line of paintings. They show the diversity of his talent; from urban pressings to Impressionistic brushstrokes, Mike kept trying to grow as an artist.
Mike's use of brayers to set backgrounds and ink images reached its full expression in his swirling abstract paintings. These works border on action painting and are each uniquely evocative.