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Mike Ward

There has been plenty of time to reflect this past year (2020/21) hasn’t there?

As a kid, I found simple joy just being outside and I found the time! I’d often try to capture my experiences using art and film photography. But that was too many years ago. I’d almost forgotten.

Then came responsibilities. Like many young folk I was uncertain which way to turn. But, heeding advice I dropped art for a language, science and maths. Well, the advice got me fully employed until retirement and to the best place in the world; Yorkshire!

Whilst working, I occasionally found time to paint but my day to day drivers were not art based, so I usually buried any creativity. Many other priorities came between me and my brushes.

Now I’m retired and I have rediscovered through cycling the pull of the outdoors, which in turn has rekindled my creative side. This time with the benefit of a lifetime of experiences to help me start to experiment. The recent restrictions have been kind to cycling. Sitting in a car is like sitting on your sofa – I might see something that attracts me on the screen in front, but the exprience lacks depth, interaction, a simple hello, I drive far, far less these days.

I mainly paint in oils on canvas. Some of my paints were 40 years old in the tube when I started painting again. I have replenished my stock since! I don’t have a studio, but a box room suits just fine. I am delighted to try new ways to paint that pull me away from my initial style.

I paint landscapes and portraits (although not live sitting – as yet). I console myself that the best used a camera obscura, ha ha!. Yorkshire landscapes play with the clouds to make, for me the perfect images. Who needs blue skies all of the time?

Some images about me

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"Progress. Always being open to the new, but valuing what I've tried before."
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Mike Ward's art

    New Spring Crops over Harecroft

    Artist: Mike Ward
    Original Status: Available
    Print Status: Available as prints and cards
    Original price: £140
    How to buy: Buy on Yorkshire Art

    'Blossomfest'

    Artist: Mike Ward
    Original Status: Available
    Print Status: Available as prints and cards
    Original price: £140
    How to buy: Buy on Yorkshire Art

    Summer evening haze towards the Crag

    Artist: Mike Ward
    Original Status: Available
    Print Status: Available as prints and cards
    Original price: £120
    How to buy: Buy on Yorkshire Art

    'Bluebelliferous'

    Artist: Mike Ward
    Original Status: Available
    Print Status: Available as prints and cards
    Original price: £150
    How to buy: Buy on Yorkshire Art
    Kate’s Magical Place – The Cow and Calf
    Original SOLD

    Kate's Magical Place - The Cow and Calf

    Artist: Mike Ward
    Original Status: Sold
    Print Status: Available as prints and cards
    Nab Water Lane.
    Original SOLD

    Nab Water Lane.

    Artist: Mike Ward
    Original Status: Sold
    Print Status: Available as prints and cards

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New Spring Crops over Harecroft

Artist: Mike Ward
Original Status: Available
Print Status: Available as prints and cards
Original price: £140
How to buy: Buy on Yorkshire Art

'Blossomfest'

Artist: Mike Ward
Original Status: Available
Print Status: Available as prints and cards
Original price: £140
How to buy: Buy on Yorkshire Art

Summer evening haze towards the Crag

Artist: Mike Ward
Original Status: Available
Print Status: Available as prints and cards
Original price: £120
How to buy: Buy on Yorkshire Art

'Bluebelliferous'

Artist: Mike Ward
Original Status: Available
Print Status: Available as prints and cards
Original price: £150
How to buy: Buy on Yorkshire Art
Kate’s Magical Place – The Cow and Calf
Original SOLD

Kate's Magical Place - The Cow and Calf

Artist: Mike Ward
Original Status: Sold
Print Status: Available as prints and cards
Nab Water Lane.
Original SOLD

Nab Water Lane.

Artist: Mike Ward
Original Status: Sold
Print Status: Available as prints and cards

Knaresborough

Artist: Mike Ward
Original Status: Available
Print Status: Available as prints and cards
Original price: £150
How to buy: Buy on Yorkshire Art

The Crag towards Otley.

Artist: Mike Ward
Original Status: Available
Print Status: Available as prints and cards
Original price: £140
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The Crag from Weardley

Artist: Mike Ward
Original Status: Available
Print Status: Available as prints and cards
Original price: £140
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The Crag from Castley.

Artist: Mike Ward
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Print Status: Available as prints and cards

Autumn Warmth

Artist: Mike Ward
Original Status: Available
Print Status: Available as prints and cards
Original price: £50
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Unnatural Landscape

Artist: Mike Ward
Original Status: Available
Print Status: Available as prints and cards
Original price: £80
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Cycling in Yorkshire.

Artist: Mike Ward
Original Status: Available
Print Status: Available as prints and cards
Original price: £250
How to buy: Buy on Yorkshire Art

A valley walk in the Cairngorms

Artist: Mike Ward
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Print Status: Available as prints and cards
Original price: £60
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Date posted: 1/08/2020

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"Progress. Always being open to the new, but valuing what I've tried before."
Connection to Yorkshire

Mike Ward's art

    New Spring Crops over Harecroft

    Artist: Mike Ward
    Original Status: Available
    Print Status: Available as prints and cards
    Original price: £140
    How to buy: Buy on Yorkshire Art

    'Blossomfest'

    Artist: Mike Ward
    Original Status: Available
    Print Status: Available as prints and cards
    Original price: £140
    How to buy: Buy on Yorkshire Art

    Summer evening haze towards the Crag

    Artist: Mike Ward
    Original Status: Available
    Print Status: Available as prints and cards
    Original price: £120
    How to buy: Buy on Yorkshire Art

    'Bluebelliferous'

    Artist: Mike Ward
    Original Status: Available
    Print Status: Available as prints and cards
    Original price: £150
    How to buy: Buy on Yorkshire Art
    Kate’s Magical Place – The Cow and Calf
    Original SOLD

    Kate's Magical Place - The Cow and Calf

    Artist: Mike Ward
    Original Status: Sold
    Print Status: Available as prints and cards
    Nab Water Lane.
    Original SOLD

    Nab Water Lane.

    Artist: Mike Ward
    Original Status: Sold
    Print Status: Available as prints and cards

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