Michael Bingham started out in high school, training to become an architect. In his first year of college, he took an art class and enjoyed it so much that he changed his major to art. "I have been more than blessed with my share of great art teachers. To name just a few, Leon Parsons, Sergei Bongart, Dan McCaw, Richard Bunkall, Skip Whitcomb, Richard Schmid and Ovanes Berberian. I feel very indebted to these and others for the time they spent helping me learn to paint. I now find great satisfaction in teaching painting classes and helping others develop their talents," says Michael.
"I use thick oil paints because I really enjoy the texture and brush strokes they give me. I paint things that I think are beautiful. It may be the color, the composition, or perhaps, a moment of dramatic light. I am not exactly sure why I choose one scene over another. But over all, my interest is to create art that helps us feel good. So many things in the world today are unpleasant. I hope my paintings help to calm and bring a smile," added Michael. He has been painting for 17 years. He received his formal art training at the prestigious Art Center College of Design in California, graduating with honors in 1988. He was recruited by Hallmark Cards where for the past 12 years he has created hundreds of paintings that have been sold on cards, gift wrap and partyware around the world. He recently moved from Kansas City to Logan, Utah where he has started an artist studio workshop where he can continue to paint and teach.
Photo and bio information courtesy of FineVisions Art Gallery, who sell prints of Michael's art.