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booth-170-171-michael-mckeeGrowing up outside of Cleveland Ohio in a musical family, my Mom and Dad provided my 3 sisters and myself with a strong appreciation for the joy of creative effort, and the value of art and music in the human experience. For this, and much more I will always be grateful.

A National Scholastics Art Scholarship winner, and Honors graduate of the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, I have spent my professional life as a portrait artist, illustrator, graphic designer/art director and for 15 years as co-founder and creative director of Successories Inc.

Having accomplished all I wanted to in the commercial art world, it was time for me to embark on a new journey…the journey of an artist whose expressions are more personal, and directed only from within. Over the last 12 years, my wife and I had traveled often to New Mexico, and during these trips, I became inspired by the range and density of color found in the texture of the high desert landscape. For me, it was like seeing the world through new eyes, and helped inspire my new use of color.

In the last 6 years I have been enjoying much success exhibiting in art shows, galleries and art festivals around the country, showing and selling my ‘abstract impressionist’ landscapes. This success and the face to face relationships I am able to develop with my collectors’ inspires me to paint even more enthusiastically than before. The connection I have developed with the medium of soft pastels is a connection I get from no other medium, and when I am working, I feel as if I am painting with the earth itself. My landscape and still life impressions all come from simple memories of moments and places, and are all created with a spirit of joy.

On a more personal note, I am the proud father of a warm-hearted 17 year old girl named Taylor whose passion is anything having to do with animals. Cassandra my wife, creative companion, and best friend has been my inspiration since 1989, and we live in Wheaton Illinois with our 2 dogs ‘Winston and Titleist. Our Black Pug ‘Waldo’ passed away this year leaving us with 14 years of fond memories.