pastel & pencil : inspired by nature and hiking the Appalachian Trail
Soon after moving to Asheville, Mike became overwhelmed with self-doubt in his abilities as a pencil artist and as an individual. His passion to create had vanished, so he quit drawing. That is until he was called by the Appalachian Trail itself to make the 2,200-mile pilgrimage from Georgia to Maine. Two months later, with no backpacking experience and carrying two sketchbooks and an assortment of pencils, he left from Springer Mountain, Georgia and headed north.
His journey on the trail not only strengthened his belief in himself and as an artist, but he also developed an undying love of nature that he’s eager to share with others. It also didn’t take long before he realized that the black and white pencil drawings he produced weren’t enough to convey the colorful and vivid imagery that he found on the trail each day, so he taught himself a new medium, pastel.
Mike’s ultimate desire with each piece, is for the viewer to experience emotions as if they were on their own self-fulfilling journey.