The Jansen Art Center presents Emerging Nature: Paintings by Mike Bathum, on display in the Fine Arts Gallery through Friday, May 26, 2017.
Bathum received his BFA in graphic design from the University of Washington, MFA in painting and drawing from Fort Wright College and Masters of Spirituality and Christian Formation from Seattle University. His Bellingham studio, Artigiano, specializes in design, liturgical and fine art. His paintings and banners have appeared in galleries, churches, hospitals, and commercial properties throughout the Pacific Northwest, California, the East Coast and New Zealand.
Emerging Nature showcases Bathum’s recent works, in which he engages with the refined detail of wood surfaces: their color, patterns, texture and abstract natural designs. Wood is utilized as an active background in contrast with natural and man-made objects in the foreground such as leaves, flowers, shells, butterflies, pebbles, fruits and vegetables, presented in a trompe-l’oeil style.
You can read more about the artist at www.jansenartcenter.org