Artist Statement: I use design, color, and light, to capture a subject. I love color and the effect light has on it. I have a "plein air" background, including over 10 years experience in the field, literally. The "plein air" studies take less than 90 minutes to finish because the light and shadows are constantly changing. These studies have given me the knowledge of how light effects color in my studio pieces. I hope my paintings can bring a little smile to your face. If that happens let me know, so I can smile too.
Mike Battenberg is a past member of Oil Painters of America. Born and raised in Indiana, Mike grew up in an artistic family. He graduated from Andrews University in Michigan with a bachelor of fine arts degree. Mike has been influenced by living artists Matt Smith, Scott Burdick, and Jeremy Lipking. Van Gogh and Monet will always be his biggest inspiration. Mike's work can be found in many private collections across America.