Medium:Watercolor on Paper
Height: 24 in
Width: 19 in
Group of purple weeds grow together against a dreary background.
Mike McDonnell was born in Muskegon, Michigan in 1937. From 1956 to 1958 he studied with W.H. Mosby in the American Academy of Art in Chicago. He continued studying from 1958 to 1960 with Sidney E. Dickinson in the Art Students League of New York. In 1959 he also completed a year of study in the National Academy of Fine Arts in New York with Robert Phillip and Dean Cornwell. He received additional training in portraiture, initially in oil. He maintained an interest in portraiture throughout his life, but he created primarily still lifes and interiors during his last forty years. In those compositions he strived to idealize common objects while he emphasized clean, precise color and details.