Mike Kowalski has been drawing and painting since he can remember. Growing up in California as one of five boys, if he wasn’t building a wooden spaceship he was probably drawing. He started entering shows as a teen and eventually earned a BFA from Utah State University. Mike works as an illustrator specializing in architectural illustration, however spends most of his time painting watercolors and oils in Australia as well as overseas. Mike moved from the Seattle area to Melbourne a few years ago and is excited by the wealth of subject matter he has found here. Most recently Mike was awarded “Best Oil Painting” at the Mornington Art Show as well being juried into the prestigious American Watercolor Society. In 2015 Mike won the coveted Silver Medal of Honor at the 148th AWS International Exhibition for his watercolor “Read All About It”. He is a member of the Victorian Watercolour Society, Hawthorne Artists Society, Victorian Artists Society, and the American Watercolor Society as well as a signature member of the National Watercolor Society.Mike teaches classes and workshops in and around Melbourne.

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Recent exhibitions and upcoming invitational:

Northwest Landscape Artists, Roby King Gallery, May 2010
Plein Air invitational, Northwind Arts, May 2010
Symphonic Sketches, Benaroya Hall, Seattle, February 2010
Sonoma Plein Air Festival, May 2010
"WATER" Roby King Gallery
Easton Plein Air 2011
"Americana" Roby King Gallery
Sedona Plein Air 2011
Pacific Northwest Plein Air Competition 2011
American Society of Marine Artists National Touring Exhibit 2011/ 2012
"Small Works" Roby King Gallery
Two Northwest Artists Roby KIng Gallery
Kenneth Jack Memorial Exhibition
American Watercolor Society Open
Where in the World is Plein Air 2015
Washington Governor's Mansion Exhibition 2013/2014/2015
A Northwest Perspective,Works of Mike Kowalski, Roby King Gallery 2016


Recent Awards:

Best of Show, Northwest Plein Air Competition 2010
Best Historical Painting, Northwest Plein Air Competition 2010
Collectors Purchase Award, Northwest Plein Air Competition 2010
Best of show, Oregon Plein Air Annual show 2010
Allied Artists Professional League: Canson Paper Award 2010
San Fransisco Society of Illustrators: Bronze
Los Angeles Society of Illustrators: Bronze
Northwest Watercolor Society: June Kullberg Award
Washington Plein Air Painters: Honerable mention
Northwest Plein Air Competition: 2nd place
ASAI Five Awards of Excellence in the annual Architure in Perspective shows
Highly Commended VAS Maritime exhibit
Highly Commended Kenneth Jack Watercolour Exhibition 2014/2015
Silver Medal of Honor: American Watercolor Society 2015
Combined Donors Award: National Watercolor Society 2015

60cm (W) x 45cm (H)
Watercolour Paint
64cm (W) x 44cm (H)
Oil Paint
22cm (W) x 30cm (H)
Oil Paint
22cm (W) x 30cm (H)
Watercolour Paint
50cm (W) x 30cm (H)
Watercolour Paint
52cm (W) x 36cm (H)
Watercolour Paint
91cm (W) x 76cm (H)
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