Mike is a Louisville, KY based sculptor working primarily in stone. He was born and raised in Elk Grove Village, Il., a suburb of Chicago. He attended Bellarmine College here in Louisville receiving a B.A. in Fine Art.
After graduating, he went through different phases of focus with his art. He was also trying to establish his own business, a cabinet shop, so his art suffered. About 2001, he started working at the studio of Bob Lockhart, one of his professors from Bellarmine. He would go over once a week and carve. Over time, Bob asked him to apprentice for him. While doing that, his need for creating his own art really grew. He was also reintroduced to stone sculpture during this period. He hadn't carved stone since school. He fell in love with it.
He doesn't remember stone being such a favorite of his back in school, but it quickly became his medium of choice. In 2011, Bob encouraged him to apply for membership in a co-op gallery of which he was a member. He did and was accepted, and he kicked off his membership with a show with Bob. It was quite a journey.
Over the last 6 years he has been focusing his artistic efforts on carving stone. He can't get enough. He has found his home. He carves every day. When he is out of town, he misses carving and doesn't feel like his day is complete. He has become able to produce a steady flow of new work. His art is his passion. It really provides a completeness that he didn't realize he was missing.