For more than 40 years, Mike Mahon has captured the essence of the Texas, New Mexico and Santa Fe areas through his landscape paintings and portraits. His works focus on the unusual and off-the-path scenes, catching slice-of-life vignettes in bright and vibrant colors in his impressionist style pastel and oil paintings.
Mahon has studied under several internationally recognized artists, including Ben Konis (pastel and oil), Kim English (oil), Judi Betts (watercolor), John Budicin (oil) and Albert Handell (pastel and oil). He also has past experience in fine art, commercial art and photography, as well as previous work as a film animator, all of which has given him a unique and versatile eye for expressing himself through pastel, oil, acrylic, watercolor and photography.
His vivid colors, realistically capturing the light and shadow of the scenes he paints, have also earned him national and international recognition. Mahon was featured as one of the artists in the 2004 edition of 100 Ways to Paint People and Figures, published by “International Artist Magazine.” Mike has been honored with many first place and Best of Show awards for his work including recently Best of Show at the Plein Air Painters of New Mexico 2014 Santa Fe Paint Out.
He also is a Signature member of the American Plains Artists (APA), Pastel Society of America (PSA), Plein Air Painters of New Mexico (PAPNM) and Pastel Society of New Mexico (PSNM).
Mike lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico