About the Artist


Mike Wise, OPA

b. 1973

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 to add broad strokes and sculptural element to the canvas. 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.


Mike has studied under several prominent painters but is primarily self-taught.

The rugged coastlines, vast deserts and grand mountain ranges of the Western United States provide endless inspiration for his landscapes. He works in what was once an old barn on the family property that he converted to a modern art studio. His creative process is further influenced by the natural beauty that surrounds him at home on Whidbey Island. Mike enjoys working with his family nearby 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).

His work has been featured in the following recent and upcoming exhibitions:


2015 Yellowstone Art Museum 47th Annual Art Auction, Billings, Montana

2015 Cole Gallery Anniversary Show, Edmonds, Washington

2015 Old Traditions / New Frontiers Art Show, Abend Gallery, Denver, Colorado 

2014 'Introducing Mike Wise ~ Northwest Impressionism', Cole Gallery, Edmonds, Washington

2014 Contemporary Masters Show, Fredericksburg Art Gallery, Fredericksburg, Texas

2014 American Impressionist Society National Exhibition, Denver, Colorado

2014 OPA National Exhibition of Traditional Oils, Bennington, Vermont

2014 Taos Art Museum at Fechin House Benefit Auction, Taos, New Mexico

2014 OPA Western Regional Exhibition, Carmel-by-the-Sea, California

2014 Couer d'Alene Art Galleries Miniatures by the Lake, Couer d'Alene, Idaho

2014 Howard/Mandville Gallery Invitational Small Works Show, Kirkland, Washington

2014 Museum of Northwest Arts and Culture Annual Benefit Show, Spokane, Washington

2014 Spokane Valley Arts Council Annual Benefit Show, Spokane, Washington

2014 Hockaday Museum Benefit Auction of Miniatures, Kallispell, Montana

2014 Paint the Peninsula Juried Plein Air event, Port Angeles, Washington

2014 Arts at the Port Annual Juried Exhibition, Anacortes, Washington

2014 Whidbey Expressions Benefit Art Show, Coupeville, Washington

2014 Art of the West Art Exhibit, High Desert Museum, Bend, Oregon

2013 OPA National Exhibition of Traditional Oils in Fredericksburg, Texas

2013 OPA Juried Salon Show in Petoskey, Michigan  

2013 Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture, Spokane, Washington

2012 OPA National Exhibition of Traditional Oils in Evergreen, Colorado

2012 OPA Western Regional Exhibition in Denver, Colorado

2012 CM Russell Museum / Masters Art Show and Auction in Great Falls, Montana

2012 Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture, Spokane, Washington

2008 Clymer Museum Two Man Show,  Ellensburg, Washington 

2007 National Museum of Wildlife Out of the Box Auction, Jackson Hole, Wyoming



National Publication Features Include:

Southwest Art Magazine, "Artists to Watch" January 2015

American Art Collector Magazine, "Anniversary Showcase"  February 2015



Awards Include:


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

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

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









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