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Mike Gardner is an accomplished, Award-winning artist and retired art teacher whose artistic themes center principally on American Life and Wildlife. His preferred mediums are oil-on-canvas paintings, bronze and copper sculpture, and artist jewelry. He has been featured in various galleries locally and nationally; Mike has participated in the Celebration of Fine Art in Scottsdale, Arizona, and the Fine Art Expo in Scottsdale Arizona since 2005.
A creative student of art since his adolescent years, digging clay from the ditch banks to create wildlife. Mike gained experience and a true appreciation for different forms of art when he spent time in Italy as a teenager/young adult. After living abroad and cultivating his passion for art, Mike returned to the U.S. where he taught art at Weber High School for more than 25 years. This is when he developed even a deeper appreciation for many different forms of art. He received many teaching awards for helping youths gain an appreciation for art. He owns an artist’s studio with several other local artists, where they share ideas and resources to craft art of all kinds.
Mike has exhibited and sold art nationally, winning numerous best of show, first and second place awards at various exhibits and galleries. He has exhibited at the prestigious Springville Invitational Salon for Professional Artists, St. George- Dixie Invitational and Eccles Exhibit for Professional Artists. His lifelike sculptures reflect his passion for the creative and unusual. Similarly, his paintings evoke a sentimental sense for those who appreciate the “all-American experience,” wildlife and the outdoors.
Mike holds a Bachelor degree from Weber State University (Ogden, Utah) a major in art and a minor in psychology, and a Masters of Education degree with an emphasis on teaching art from Utah State University (Logan, Utah). Mike has six children and seventeen grandchildren and resides in West Haven, Utah.