Mike Smart

Member of Art Explorers, Inc. since 2003

Mike uses sharpie pens and colored inks to make drawings of scenes he observes – in life and from images in books, magazines or printed off of the internet. He has a great passion for how things work drawing mechanical systems such as door knobs and locks or contrasting electrical plugs from different countries; vehicles; and local businesses. He is a prolific illustrator, making between 3 and 5 drawings a day! He loves balancing drawing with spending time sitting outside and observing the world. Despite being legally blind, Mike tunes into the subtleties of a fixed image or active scene and translates these elements into a rendition that is expressive and full of energy. Oftentimes he will include a written description, personal commentary or instructions about how specific things work.

Mike's Work

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