Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Artist Mike Savage

Kansas City artist Mike Savage needs no introduction to the local community as his vibrant and joyful paintings are instantly recognized around the city. This larger than life artist shares his works in his gallery, at premier art fairs and also graces the walls of some of the finest homes in the world. Please enjoy our conversation below and some of Mike's delightfully exuberant paintings.

1) Mike, thank you so much for participating in this interview. Tell us about when you first became interested in painting.

When I could see. But seriously, since I could start drawing! Always. It always seemed innate.

2) I remember having dinner at JJ's  (an iconic restaurant) on the Country Club Plaza  and seeing your works of art on the walls; it was so vivid in color and style; how did that commission come about? 

My buddy Charlie Podrebarac and I used to hang out there when it was Don Pepe’s. When Jimmy bought the restaurant, a friend from college in the art department was dating him. She suggested my work to hang there. I really believe he was the first to do this in town. It was supposed to be for a month and then I suggested other friend's art for the next two months. He (the owner) said that everyone had missed my art and the rest is history.

3) Where do you find inspiration for your art?

Everywhere. Just look, it’s there.

4) Did you have mentors or others who encouraged you to be creative and to paint? 

Sister Francis Grady at Bishop Ward High School. She pushed, meaning educated me and made me “See”. Also the instructors at KU. All they ever did was say, “Look, see, feel”.

5) Who are some of the artists whose work you admire?

I always have my main three: Monet, John Singer Sargent and Rothko.

6) Where can readers find your art? Do you have upcoming exhibits?

My website: , on Facebook , at The Sav-Art Gallery: located at 4504 State Line Road. KCKs. 913.236.9400. 

JJ’s, And other places…I think! The Blue Dot Salon in Lawrence. Margaritas, the KU Union Restaurant, Shop Beautiful in Leawood…..I’m sure I’m missing somewhere.

Indeed, as I have seen some of your private commissions! I also just noticed that you have generously donated paintings of our Kansas City Chiefs and Kansas City Royals stadiums to for a local charity's auction event! 

7) Mike, what advice would you give to the aspiring artist of any age?

Hone your fundamentals and the medium of choice. Make mistakes, and look for yourself in your work. Be honest with yourself and don’t listen to critics. And have fun.

It is a pleasure to know you Mike, you are truly an inspiration! 

Thank you to my Family, Friends and Followers who support The Arts!

The Arts by Karena


donna baker said...

Thank you Karena to showing us this artist's work. I really liked his advice. One of the hardest things for aspiring artists to get in the business or be able to make a living at it is to find your own style.

Katie Clooney said...

Beautiful work! I would love to nab that gorgeous rooster. Have a great week, Karena.

Linda Pakravan said...

Thanks for the introduction! I love his use of purple.

Teresa Gardner said...

I know I have heard his name and thanks for putting his images on the radar for me. Going to see Vermeer today!

Beadboard UpCountry said...

Great artist/ talent!And interview!

Beadboard UpCountry said...

Great artist/ talent!And interview!

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

Love his art and love that he uses such great color!...Magnificent art and great interview Karena....have a great week!

Karen said...

I love his work. It reminds me of California.
Happy Thursday!

Burlap Luxe said...

HI Karena,
Something about colour that just seems to fit in anywhere, from the palest to the brightest of home designs it just speaks to you.
Karen is so right his work is so California....
I have been painting again, and painted 4 sea painting on wood, having only one left in my etsy it was a sad moment for me to see them go. An artist has such an attachment to ones art, I know you know exactly how I feel about art you being one of us artist as well.
Again, you need to do a self interview and show some of your art my dear.

See you soon,
I am off to go back and read some of your older postings.


Splendid Market said...

Love the brushstrokes, the color, subjects and the life.

designchic said...

What a wonderful interview and talented artist! Happy weekend!

Heather Lindstrom said...

I love all the bold colors in his work. That first one especially captures me. Living the good life in color! Fun post!
Happy Sunday, Karena!

MJH DesignArts said...

Hi Karena, These are amazingly happy works of art. Thanks for highlighting this KC artist. xoxo Mary

Pura Vida said...

Oh Em Gee...I love his happy colorful work...might need to have a chicken! Hope you are enjoying the promise of spring my friend! xoxoxo

therelishedroost said...

What cheerful paintings! The first one reminds me of Ireland I love it! xo Karolyn

Rié Moratto said...

Lovely post, I appreciate his color and whimsy! xx Rié | Portobello Design

La Petite Gallery said...

Sister gave great advice. I have been painting again. Come Spring it will be yard work. I also am in the mood.. yvonne

Elizabeth@ Pine Cones and Acorns said...

Whimsical and beautiful! I love them all.

Catherine Robinson said...

I love the colours; they are delightful, Karena. I'd own them all ;)
Have a lovely weekend. xx

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

This is a wonderful style of painting! It is simple looking (which I prefer) but certainly not easy to produce. Sometimes I think it takes more genius to simply a larger concept than it is to take something common and exaggerate it. LOVELY WORK! And Karena dear, thank you for visiting. Happy spring!

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

Karena, I absolutely adore this artist. I can see the influence of Monet in his work. You should link of this gem on Thought of Home on Thursday. Have a wonderful Easter!

Cindy Hattersley said...

LOVE his work!! Thank you so much for sharing!

LBDDiaries said...

His art really is "vibrant and joyful" - I'm glad to have "discovered" him here on your website!!

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