View from my office at our backyard, 2007.
Our elementary school, 2011. We live about a half mile away so we can walk to school. Same for the Middle and High Schools.
The 'Queen B&B,' 2011 which we pass on our walk to the Elementary School.
Middle School, 2009. That's Henry walking on his first day.
Downtown panorama taken from beside the courthouse, 2010. Opposite the next panorama.
Downtown Bellefonte, 2010. Opposite the previous panorama.
Talleyrand park downtown, 2008, taken in the opposite direction of the next Talleyrand photo.
Another Talleyrand park downtown, 2008, taken in the opposite direction of the previous Talleyrand photo.
Henry, Charlie and Max 2002
On the beach in Avalon, NJ, 2007.
My kids and their friends, 2007.
Max, Charlie, Henry on a boat ride in Cape May, NJ, 2008.
Charlie, Max and Henry 2010
Our boys with kitty on Christmas, 2010.
Avalon, NJ, 2011. Besides my kids, that's me and my mother-in-law 'grandma.'
Max in the Halloween parade, 2011.
Charlie in the leaves in our front yard, 2011
All of us en-route to Lego-land, FL 2011.
Trip from San Fernando CA where I was born, to Highland Lake NY, 1966. I'm the youngest.
9th-grade honor society induction, 1976.
12th-grade-class officers, 1979.
Carter's Grove, Williamsburg, VA, 1996.
LA Times article, 2002 about my start-up business making coffee-grounds-based fertilizer called "Grow Joe ®" (now sold). Foreground shows one of my inventions, plant starter-pots made from Grow Joe and biodegradable plastic molded together. Read
about Grow Joe in the LA Times. Hear
a radio interview on PRI's "Living On Earth."
Me walking a framed portrait to the downtown Post Office, 2018
our house in Bellefonte, PA 2008
more . . .
Our house, 2008.
Hi. I'm Mike Theuer.
I'm a professional portrait artist. I create pencil portraits and watercolor portraits from your photographs by hand. No computer imaging.
I have over thirty years art experience, most of that time spent teaching art at the Pennsylvania State University at University Park between 1994 and 2015. Though I officially retired from teaching in 2015, I snuck back again recently! And since 2007 I've been working full time in my current job as a portrait artist.
Chuck-14, Max-17, Henry-19
more . . .
Our boys, 2016.
I spend my days painting and drawing from my home in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania U.S.A. 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!
As a young man 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. And I also started a couple of businesses of my own.
As a kid I was introduced to art by my high-school art teacher, Bruce Bidwell. 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.
Today I've created over two 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 – CareerDecisionsMadeEasy.blogspot.com
• see me as a featured artist – Pencils.com