Did you enjoy the post about the fingertip painter yesterday? We interviewed several crafters at Silver Dollar City. There were just so many of them, there is no way we could interview them all. You should go check it out each booth for yourself! Our next crafter is a painter with an amazing story.Mike Sears, before becoming a fine arts painter 37 years ago, was a custom car painter. One day, he heard on the radio that there was a family in need, and they were going to have a quick auction to help raise money for them. Mike decided to try to paint a picture that he could donate for the auction. It sold! Since then, Mike has donated 1000 paintings to charity. The amazing part of the story is that Mike has Parkinson’s disease. However, His hand becomes steady as soon as he starts to paint. His wife, Susie, believes that God has given him the ability to still paint because his heart is so big.
He can get 2-3 paintings done in a day if he wants to. However, if he doesn’t feel like doing another painting, he will paint on his board to keep him from having to do more. His painting board will be too wet to put another piece of wood to paint on it, so he gets to be done for the day.Most of his paintings are done on kiln dried basswood from Wisconsin. Because of his background with car painting, the paint that he likes to use is a sign paint. Some of his paintings are sold as prints and bookmarks too.
Thank you, Mike and Susie, for your inspirational art!