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Mike Skidmore

Mike Skidmore has been a professional artist for fifteen years and

considers himself privileged to do something he loves. He is passionate about oils because they are tactile and forgiving enough for experimentation. He currently paints portraits, still life and animals. His work is in various galleries and he sells his paintings in the UK, Europe, Australia and the US.

He is largely self-taught. When he started painting, he found that art schools didn't encourage the type of work he wanted to do and he didn't know anyone to teach him the techniques he needed to learn. He spent many hours in galleries staring at classical paintings, trying to work out how they'd been painted, which was not easy. After a number of frustrating years with many failed attempts he began to make progress and develop the techniques he uses today.
Along the way, he has worked as a designer, lectured on several subjects and even had a spell on the radio presenting an arts review. He loves evocative shadow and light, portraits with character, and sometimes a narrative running through the picture. He also enjoys adding a little humour or "trompe l'oeil" into his still life artwork.

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Paint Horses, Dogs and other Animal Portraits in Oils

Mike Skidmore

Paint Horses, Dogs and other Animal Portraits in Oils

Double Occupancy £575

Single Occupancy £595

Non-Painter £395

Dates : 12th - 15th October

Media : Oils

Type : Studio

Learn to Paint Horses, Dogs and other Animal Portraits in Oils. The

course will predominantly be about horses but Mike will also cover painting dogs and other animal portraits of your choice.