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Mike Malm (b. 1972)  Artworks >>

Michael Malm's pastoral landscapes are a reflection of his feelings about rural Utah where he lives with his wife and son. "I love the old farm communities and the wide open fields. There is something peaceful about these settings," he explains. Though he enjoys painting the beautiful valley which surrounds him, he is not limited to the landscapes. Malm's paintings often include figures, grazing animals and still lifes. "I like to keep variety in my work; it keeps me fresh. However, I love doing figures, seeing the way light reflects off the skin and the mystery in each person's eyes, " Malm's serious study began under Del Parson at Dixie College where he completed his Associate's degree. He went on to Southern Utah University where he had the opportunity to study with Perry Stewart. He has recently completed his Master of Fine Arts from Utah State University where he studied under Glen Edwards. "I feel privileged to have learned from some great artists. Looking at their work keeps me humble, and I am inspired to work harder to improve my own painting." Having an optimistic perspective about life, Malm's paintings try to capture the uplifting parts of this world. He creates a pleasant mood using light and colors. The way light falls on an object is very important to Malm helping create a calm and peaceful feeling. Malm says he wants his paintings to look like paintings and not photographs, although his work is very representational. He refers to the style he uses as "impressionistic realism". A top 100 finalist in the 1997 nationwide Arts for the Parks competition, Michael has been involved in numerous shows also been recognized by the Society of Illustrators in New York City. Source: Southwest Art, September 2002

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