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Creech, Mike — Yellow Wood Tree Gallery

Lexington, KY


acrylic paintings, prints

Mike Creech is a self taught artist who began selling his pencil car drawings to classmates during grade school. In high school he worked with pen, ink and pastels, and began selling landscapes to teachers and the general public. At age fifteen he received his first set of acrylic paints


In 1970s, Mike used poster paint and day-glo psychedelic paint to create art poster of rock & roll bands. He also created antiwar and anti-drug posters. During the 1980s and 1990, Mike’s style became rustic and highly detailed. He accepted many commissions of homes, farms and businesses. In late 2000, Mike back returned to creating freer, more abstract paintings. Now, rather than slaving hours and days with realistic details, he strives to capture the essential moment and soul of the subject, and he knows when to quit with the last flick of paint.


Currently, in addition to being a painter, Mike is a photographer, gallery owner, pool player, car enthusiast, back roads traveler, and a gourmet chef of an award winning café. He also write songs and poetry, “is a mediocre tambourine and up and coming bongo player.”


Works by Mike Creech can be found at the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea, Berea, KY.