Juror: Mike Hernandez



A native Angeleno, Mike Hernandez is a plein air painter skilled in gouache, oil and acrylic whose works have been featured in several on-line publications as well as galleries.

His process began as a young child, painting still life images. Influenced by the likes of Edgar Payne, Sorolla and Franz Bischoff, Mike soon explored the foundations of color and light in the outdoors – striving to find the beauty in the ordinary.

With a palette that resides at the crossroads between industrial and landscapes, he finds inspiration anywhere from the Eastern Sierra range to the muddy concrete banks of the Los Angeles River.

Mike studied at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, graduating with a B.A. in 1998. Currently he is a Production Designer at Dreamworks Animation as well as a nation-wide sought-after workshop instructor. His works can be found in several private collections around the world.


A Plein Air Painting Workshop with Mike Hernandez (specific dates to come)

Painting en plein air is a rewarding but difficult undertaking, due to factors which can’t be controlled, like the constantly changing light and shadows.In this workshop, Mike will share his strategies in simplifying the process to manageable, logical tasks, so that the artist has a much better chance of coming away with a successful painting.

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Painting by ©Mike Hernandez