Michael McKee

Michael McKee

Painting with the Earth’ an artist statement

My current work reflects a love for the medium of soft pastels, and an appreciation of the balance between ‘color, expression and technique.’ There is a connected energy I feel with this medium that I get from no others, and the fine grain of pigment in my hands feels as if I am painting with the earth itself.

This connection through bold expressions of color and shape, give every stroke of my pastels purpose, bringing each piece to life. My ‘landscape’ and ‘Abstract’ impressions are inspired from simple memories of moments and places, and are all created with a spirit of joy.

A Brief Bio
Growing up outside of Cleveland Ohio in a musical family, my Mom and Dad provided my three 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 in Chicago Illinois as a portrait artist, Illustrator, Graphic designer/Art Director and for 15 years as Co-founder and Creative Director of Successories Inc… the leading designer and marketer of inspirational and motivational wall decor in the country.

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 a number of years, my wife and I had traveled often to New Mexico, and during these trips, 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 17 years I have been enjoying much success exhibiting in Art shows, Galleries and Art Festivals around the country, showing and selling my ‘abstract impressionist’ and ‘contemporary 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.

On a more personal note, I am the proud father of a warm-hearted 27 year old young lady 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 Fountain Hills Arizona.