Long-time and well-known artist, Mike Simpson, often finds himself astride his Harley, taking to the road to paint. The “Artist on a Harley” loves painting plein air (a French term that translates to “open air,” popularized with the mid-19th century invention of the more transportable, metal paint tube). Simpson has traveled and painted, entering his art in plein air contests and selling it at invitational painting competitions or as a guest in galleries he encountered along the way. His work is shown in galleries throughout the West. Simpson has produced a prodigious amount of art. “I painted what I saw and when a landscape spoke to me,” he explains.
Although mostly retired from the competitive side of plein air painting, Simpson is still out there making art in the countryside. He can often be spotted, his Harley, camper, or truck parked roadside as he paints, sketches, or takes photographs. “Frequently, I don’t finish the picture while I’m out there.,” he explains. “I get the information I need then go back and complete the work at my studio, but I really love painting outdoors.”
Simpson frequently conducts plein air workshops. This one, on May 29th, is a fundraiser for the Montrose Center for the Arts, where Mike has his gallery and frame shop. The Paint Day will be conducted at his home, where there is plenty to paint! Please sign up here today! Or stop by the gallery to sign up and pay by check.