This is Mike Theuer's signature. Mike creates pencil portraits and watercolor portraits from your photographs

About me

our house in Bellefonte, PA 2008
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Our house, 2008.

Hi, I'm Mike Theuer.

I live in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania U.S.A.

I draw and paint portraits full time these days.  When I can, I also show my art in pencil, watercolor, and oil paint at local Galleries.  The rest of the time I direct chores, buy groceries, or drive one of my sons to school . . . because while my wife works as a middle-school counselor, I'm also the stay-at-home dad for my three boys!

Chuck-14, Max-17, Henry-19
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Our boys, 2016.

In earlier years I did eclectic things.  After a Master's in Psychology from PSU in '89, for example, I worked several years as a therapist for troubled kids.  After working as a therapist I started a couple of businesses of my own.  And during most of that time I taught drawing and painting at the Pennsylvania State University at University Park, starting in 1994, retiring in 2015.

My art beginning I owe to my high-school art teacher.  He taught me how to use different media which I quickly aimed at capturing nature, drawing my first pencil portrait from a photo and painting my first watercolor painting from a calendar, both artworks when I was just 16.

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Me, 2015.

Today I've created over a thousand portraits.  In each I try to make a striking resemblance.  But I try not to make a portrait look smooth and blended like a photo.  I feel if I wanted a photo, then I should use a camera.  Instead I strive to make a portrait rough especially toward the edges of the paper.  Except the eyes.  The eyes I usually smooth and blend to look photographic hoping the contrast will draw your attention.  To me the eyes are where the resemblance is.

•  see a book I illustrated – "Nature in Horsemanship."
•  read an interview I gave –
•  see me as a featured artist – and