Mike Hoyt thinks of himself as a "southern impressionist." Taking a
page from the French Impressionists and several American artists,
such as Edward Hopper, Mike prefers to paint everyday surroundings
and capture their hidden beauty.
"There's something magic about an
old barn or a shrimp boat or a broken-down tractor. Not only do they
have interesting form, these subjects capture our warm, southern
sunshine in interesting ways. Monet would have gone nuts here."
Simple objects, warmth and color are the essence of Mike's work
that is as he says,"is a journey to unwrap the beauty of ordinary
Is Hoyt trying to make a statement with his work? "Not really,"
he says. "Like most artists I know, I like to paint subjects that
make me happy, that make me smile. I get real excited when I can
turn something some folks may consider ordinary, or even ugly, into
an interesting painting.
Mike lives in Raleigh, North Carolina with his wife Judy and their
two labs, Mayzie and McGwire.