Titled Are You Looking At Me?, it was inspired by – and features – the animals and landscapes of Devon, Somerset and Gloucestershire, and runs at the Picture House in Exeter until June 14.
“Painting cows on Dartmoor means you get to see the animals interact with their environment – for example, a cow lying down and almost obscured by the heather, a horse peeking out from behind a tree, or one herd encountering another,” says Mike.
Lower-lying parts of Devon can also provide unexpected ideas. “Driving through country lanes near Bickleigh, I came across some deer roaming wild in a field so, sneaking along the hedgerow camera in hand, I was able to take a few reference photos which inspired a painting,” he adds.
“I hope these paintings have a universal appeal and hopefully bring a smile to people’s faces as they recognize something of the animal’s personality or see some humour in the behaviour depicted.”