It has been said of E. "Mike" McVaugh, that he is "a dedicated American portrait
artist", with "a commitment to excellence" and "a singular creative vision". Mike
was born and raised in New Jersey, a Quaker descendant of Betsy Ross. Educated
at George School and Rollins College, and encouraged by his mother, Mike
exhibited an early interest and ability in the art of the portrait.
BOOKS INSTEAD OF TV: A Central Florida resident since 1971, Mike won awards for his work
and gained clients by participating in local art shows from 1975 to 1987. Inspired by Everett
Raymond Kinstler's book Painting Portraits, Mike made the decision to stop watching TV altogether
from 1978 to 1984, in order to spend all spare time reading and studying from books, drawing and
painting portraits from life, attending portrait seminars, setting up a north light studio in his home,
and preparing life size oil portrait samples to show to a leading New York portrait gallery.
A POSITIVE-REALISM CREATIVE VISION: During this intensive period of research, preparation,
and art show participation, Mike also found himself increasingly seeking out the spiritual elements
of life. A culmination of this dual pursuit of spiritual truth and creative excellence came in January
1981, when Mike wrote down concurrent career and spiritual commitment decisions to be a
portrait specialist who sought divine guidance in all matters. Then in 1984 he was spiritually reborn
as described in John 3:1-8 and was permitted to experience an exhilarating life altering positive
energy creative vision that he began applying to his art, eventually calling it positive-realism.*
Less than a year later, in July 1985, Mike committed his art to God and made Him a promise.
POSITIVE-REALISM PORTRAITS and AN UNEXPECTED CHALLENGE: During the 1990s, utilizing
an evolving positive-realism approach, that continued to involve a synergistic application of faith
and hard work and affirmative vision, Mike created and painted portraits, such as those of
George Herbert Walker Bush, Buell G. Duncan, Jr., Parks Duncan, and Reverend Kenneth E. Hagin.
Just before finishing President Bush's portrait, Mike was unexpectedly inspired to immediately begin
work on a unique Artist vs Computer Challenge. Ongoing work on the Challenge served also to
increase creative/spiritual research that eventually became an avocational curiosity about how
creative and spiritual positive energy approaches might connect in ways that would benefit
humankind's everyday life and well being.
TODAY, as sponsors are being sought for the Artist vs Computer Challenge, Mike is now accepting
new portrait commissions. Mike works in oil, pastel, acrylic, pencil, and charcoal, from life and/or
from photos. In the tradition of the Masters the single most important ingredient in Mike's
positive-realism working method, is to schedule some painting time from life with a subject. When
a subject is available there is simply no substitution for some painting time from life.
Found among his more than 800 portraits are business and professional people of Florida and many
other states. A recent five year member of the Portrait Society of America, past and present Masters
such as Rembrandt, Ingres, Stuart, Everett Raymond Kinstler, Daniel Greene, Yousuf Karsh, and the
teachings of Jesus Christ have had a lasting influence on his positive-realism work and services.
ARTIST STATEMENT: "America was founded upon great principles and in America portrait
painting is a great longstanding tradition celebrating the marvels of the individual human spirit. I
am proud of this dual heritage and thankful for each opportunity to serve creatively. A positive-
realism approach to creating involves looking for and seeing the good in life and translating that
affirmative vision to one's art. A positive-realism approach empowers this artist to bring out the
best in each person he has the privilege and good fortune to portray."
PORTRAITS by McVAUGH Bringing out the best in people with positive-realism*
407-461-9061 EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mailing Address: 4252 North Orange Blossom Trail, MB #37, Orlando, Florida 32804
For information about the Artist vs Computer Challenge EMAIL: email@example.com
*Positive-realismTM is a trademark of E. Mike McVaugh's art and creative services. © All rights reserved
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