Mike Wise

Mike Wise, OPA


Mike Wise is an Impressionist oil painter best known for his landscapes.  His approach to representational art is based in abstract design with loose brushwork and extensive use of palette knife.  The intended result is a painting with movement and energy, rich in color, texture, and a distinct three-dimensional feel that draws the viewer deep into the painted image.

Wise has studied under several prominent painters but is primarily self-taught.  The extraordinary coastlines, deserts and grand mountain ranges of the Western United States provide endless inspiration for his landscapes.

Mike works in what was once an old barn on the family property that he converted to a contemporary art studio. His creative process is further influenced by the natural beauty that surrounds him at home on Whidbey Island in Washington State. Mike enjoys working with his family close by and a lot of good music playing in the studio while he paints.

Wise is a Signature Member of Oil Painters of America (OPA) and a member of the American Impressionist Society (AIS).

Awards Include:

2015 Bronze Medal Award, OPA National Exhibition, St. Augustine, Florida

2015 Finalist, Bold Brush Painting Competition, October

2014 Paint the Peninsula Plein Air Invitational Sponsors Award, Port Angeles, WA

2014 Paint the Peninsula Plein Air Invitational Honorable Mention Award, Port Angeles, WA

2012 Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture Best of Show Spokane, Washington

2008 Best of Show Whidbey Island Plein Air Painters Open

2007 & 2008 Best of Show Ellensburg National Western Art Show

2006 Juror’s Choice Award Whidbey Island Plein Air Painters Open

National Publication Editorial Features Include:

Western Art Collector Magazine, “Winter Snapshots”, December, 2015

Southwest Art Magazine, “Portfolio: The Beauty of Nature” July 2015

American Art Collector Magazine, “Anniversary Showcase” February 2015

Southwest Art Magazine, “Artists to Watch” January 2015



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