I grew up in Pennsylvania and Minnesota, with a one year stint in Japan as a child of expats. After earning a BS-Art in Madison, Wisconsin, I moved to France to study with Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh in Plum Village. It was there that I met Geraldine and we started our family. While at Plum Village I was introduced to the work of Rudolf Steiner. This led me to a Waldorf teacher training program in England and a 20-year teaching career which brought me to Upstate New York; Vancouver, Canada; and Seattle. I've been busy in my studio as well. Click here to see my non-personalized artwork, available as originals and prints on canvas and fine art paper. In January 2016 Geraldine and I moved to southern New Hampshire where I have devoted myself full-time to my work as an artist.
This has included spending time designing a growing series of personalized artworks. I was inspired by my dad who, since retiring, has built an online business selling personalized gavels and other items. It got my wheels turning around designing and making artworks intended as gifts with which people could express their love and affection for the people in their lives.
Life speaks to me and I respond with paintings. A pictorial vocabulary of eyes, bowls, and boats; flowers, trees, and hills; birds, snakes, and fish; sun, moon, and stars gives voice to various aspects of my human experience. Wood is my substrate of choice, with its satisfying possibilities of carving, burning, drilling, and abrading. Equipped with a variety of blades, bits, and burrs, a power drill is my brush, its unwieldy nature imposing just enough chaos to allow the unexpected. This promotes the emergence of new ideas and helps keep me out of my way.
Mike Kline, September 2016