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!
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.
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.