"Postcards from Knoxville" is a painting blog of small works that feature Knoxville and surrounding areas by artist Mike C. Berry. Original paintings (approx: 5 x 7 inches) will be posted fequently on this blog and made available through a link to eBay.
This idea to create the blog came from my friend, Mark Heinz, a local architect, who encouraged me to exhibit and sell my paintings of Knoxville on a blog. Upon researching this type of blog I found that I would be remiss if I did not thank artist Duane Keiser who started the concept of the daily painting blog in 2004 and to Stephen Magsig for inspiring me with his idea of the daily "postcard" painting.
I began to feature "Knoxville" in my work in early 2001 and the public's response to a 2005 exhibition showcasing my cityscapes encouraged me to continue featuring our great city as a subject of my art. The resurgence of life into downtown Knoxville has also created wonderful subjects to paint as well as an opportunity to showcase this city that I'm proud to call my hometown.
Please feel free to contact me with suggestions or questions.
How To Purchase
The postcard paintings are available for on eBay for 7 days. Paintings not marked SOLD, at the end of the auction may be purchased by contacting the artist. Please e-mail for more information firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks!
Recent Studio Work
"Thompson Boling Arena" Click on image to view http://mikecberrystudio.blogspot.com
Artist Mike C. Berry uses sweeping brush strokes to portray the energy of life around him through layers of color and striking compositions that often bend and twist the perspective. Mike works in pastels and oils using a technique he describes as "brushy realism", striving to capture the alluring effects of light and energy in each work, ranging from the glow of a downtown building at night to the brilliance of the sun on an old historic home. “I love the contrast of artificial light and natural darkness and how that sets the stage for some brilliant colors to appear. I’m drawn to those colorful shapes produced by light bouncing around the city and on the cars and the wet streets, which I believe amplifies the movement of life.”
Mike earned an MFA degree from the Savannah College of Art & Design, and has continued to study with a number of great artists, most notably, Wolf Kahn, one of the most prolific colorists and modern landscape painters alive today.