Mike McCleer

I am an architect in Detroit. I drew buildings for a long time before, in 2012, I started painting them in watercolor, oil, and now gouche. My subjects gradually changed, from single buildings to the spaces in between buildings, their side and rear views, and the landscape around them. I still love those buildings.

I find my hometown of Detroit a great place to paint – full of subjects that continually strike me as fresh and unpainted. The challenge of selecting a view, composing the picture, and choosing what to paint is exciting. Of late, I’m intrigued with adding automobiles and/or people to my paintings.