I’m an artist,
I paint and illustrate art that strives to create a personal connection with
the collector, and so deepen their own life’s unique story.
and learn more about me. You can also check out
my blog to get my latest news.
I’ll be adding more pieces in the days and weeks to come.
I am inspired by my ultimate source of life and love, God, who graciously has loaned
to me the talent to experience and paint His glorious creation. Born in Paintsville,
Kentucky, my interest in art began at age 3, utilizing those timeless (well, almost timeless... Okay, since
1885) art pigments called crayons, and I continued drawing and painting on
everything I could get my hands on, from notebook paper margins, to notebook covers,
to paper and canvas, throughout my school years.
I have been told (by my wife) that I could have been a cat-whisperer like Jackson Galaxy;
the only difference between J.G. and me is that Galaxy has a bunch of tattoos,
a shaved head, a goatee-sort-of-thing going on, and a guitar. Oh, and an Animal Planet hit
TV show. Otherwise, she says I am just as patient with our fur-balls. I am also a fairly
decent impressionist, able to pick up on vocal mannerisms and speech patterns almost
instantaneously. I have been told that I am a definite step up from Rich Little, and that I almost
rise to the level of a Frank Caliendo.
After earning a Bachelor's Degree in Art from Morehead State University, I wore the hats of an art director, newspaper graphics editor, infographics artist,
page designer, website designer, marketing director, illustrator, painter you name it! I was selected to become a member of the Watercolor and Graphic Arts Society
(W.G.A.S., Mobile, AL), the oldest such organization in the state of Alabama.
My influences come from God, literature, music, poems, movies, TV shows, and the
astounding beauty of nature itself. Deep thoughts, introspection, hilarity, astonishment,
happiness, quiet reverie, they all make themselves at home in my heart and soul.
I draw (Yes, I know, what a pun, huh?) upon all these influences in coaxing them out
of their shell in my mind, and they venture forth into paintings, drawings and mixed media.
They just can’t help themselves!
Mike Brugh is talented , creative, and a pleasure to work with.
We worked together at The Cincinnati Post in the late 1990s. We would
give Mike completely ridiculous deadline requests for sophisticated
illustrations, and Mike would always come through. Sometimes (OK, rarely),
we would give him a little extra time for more ambitious projects.
Finally, Mike is a gentleman and a class act. You'll enjoy working with him.
Robert Kraft, former Managing Editor, The Cincinnati Post
Lovely Little Shrimp Boat (painting)! Am very happy & haven't stopped smiling since it came!
Exquisite tiny watercolor! Perfect for my dollhouse! Thanks a million!
The work of Brugh is head and shoulders above the rest. His graphics are easy to read,
informative and well researched. His double-truck Titanic graphic is bold, ambitious.
Judges' Comments, OHIO Society of Professional Journalists, Best Graphic Designer in Ohio award, 1998
How did you put so much expression in this tiny piece (A great blue heron ACEO). WOWIE. Love it!!
Wonderful little piece of art! Well pleased.
Get In Touch.
I will paint or draw for you! If you see a painting
you like, but want something added or changed, tell me, and I will paint to suit you! I enjoy painting on commission!
I also take illustration and infographic assignments. Photoshop is one of my specialties!
Email me at michael (at) michaelbrugh.com, and I will get in touch with you. Thank you!