Mike Lane is a native of the Virginia Coast and North Carolina's Outer Banks, but lived and worked in Asia for the better part of the last 30 years, and from 2008 through 2014, he studied brushed ink painting with accomplished and patient artists in southern China.
He enjoys both free (xieyi) and meticulous (gongbi) sumi-e styles and applies these traditional Asian watercolor medium techniques to East-Coast American landscapes, flora, and fauna. His expressionistic work primarily focuses on what he calls “threshold” spaces— a shallow marsh, the eddies of a winding creek, a dune-scape that transitions to the sea. Also, what Qi Baishi called "The Little Souls" as well as monoprint pourings and "world-making" are current interests.
Throughout this season of painting, Mike has pursued involvement in local art communities. He founded and directed the Halizo Arts Festival from 2002-2004. He teaches Asian art classes and is an active member of visual art worship at his church. He is also currently the president of the local Blue Heron Sumi-e Society and actively shows at local galleries, shops, and festivals in Virginia and North Carolina.
Mike holds BA and MA degrees in English literature from Virginia Tech and a PhD in organizational leadership from Regent University.
When Mike isn’t painting, he’s into creative mischief with his son, Andrew and daughter, Rachel. He also enjoys writing, working in the garden, kayaking, boating, fishing with son, Matthew, and relishes spending time with his beautiful wife, Joy
The Marsh Takes Back