Michael King Artist

I hesitate to call myself "self taught" because although I have no formal training, I have been blessed with at least a propensity for art if not some degree of talent from God and for over 50 years poured over the drawings, paintings and works of other artist soaking in all I could.  I have also invested in several portrait training videos, like: Secrets of Portrait Painting with Cesar Santos,  Scott Waddell (Portrait Painting & Still life course) and others. 

Portraits and landscapes are my first loves, however so much around me captures my attention and stirs my spirit and emotions and then becomes something I desire to paint. There is beauty in most everything I have found and my eyes constantly are searching for that perfect face, landscape or still life to paint.

Andrew Wyeth is my all-time favorite artist, however the list is so extensive I wouldn't dare even try to list them all.  Cesar Santos, Joseph McGurl & Peter Poskas are some of my many Favorite living Artists!

I moved to Anderson in 1964 but grew up all over the United States since my father was a career man in the Marine Corps.  We lived in California, New Mexico, Arizona, North Carolina and South Carolina.  I also served two years in the Marine Corps myself and went to Sunny Tropical Vietnam.  I tested to be a Combat Artist but ended up in ART-illery … likely some Marine couldn’t see a jarhead drawing and painting in Vietnam!  Out of 80+ men in my Paris Island Boot Camp Platoon I was one of the two who didn’t become Grunts.  I also was in the first troop withdrawal from Vietnam and was attached to the Navy and went to Japan, Okinawa, Philippines, Guam, Taiwan, Korea and a few other places in my short tour.  I believe my travels have sharpened my eyes for all the beauty around us.

For  45 years my wonderful wife, Sue (White) King has blessed us with a Son, Mac, a Daughter, Haley.  We have four grandsons, Dylan, Braydan, Jace & Cooper,  Plus  a wonderful daughter-in-law, Shannon and son-in-law, Blake.  I guess I need to mention my favorite pet, Hannah our English Springer Spaniel who never leaves my side while I am painting! We also have 4 rescued cats and one or more we feed outside, but they are very aloof and could care less about my art I think.  

~ Michael King

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