Mike Service trained in Fine Art at Bath Spa University after taking early retirement from his corporate career.
Not often is it that those coming so late to painting demonstrate such talent. Over the past few years Mike has been selected to exhibit his paintings widely in the UK including in Bath, London and at the Royal West of England Academy, in Bristol. He has also ...undertaken a number of private commissioned works.
Painting in oils with palette knife and brush, there is a spontaneity and speed to his work, which creates a lively and active composition with a carefully considered, limited colour palette.
Taking inspiration from Nicolas de Stael, Mike has an adept talent with his palette knife and it is his clever approach to semi-figurative painting that keeps his paintings always full of constant interest to the viewer.
Mike says "I am a figurative painter (I paint what I see) but am not restricted to mimicry of the subject and somehow the painting has a will of its own and just takes over. I paint large seascapes, cloudscapes and muddy fields, boats and reflections, with a broad brush, palette knife and a variety of stuff, whatever works really".
Despite his humility, whether painting still-life subjects or the landscapes of Ile de Ré, Salema or the Somerset hills, one is always struck by the artist’s clear enjoyment and skill of handling paint, and the colour and life in his paintings.