Mike Bird

I have been painting and drawing as a leisure activity since childhood. After a career as a civil engineer working in highway design, construction and maintenance I am now retired and living in Ottery St Mary. I draw my inspiration from old photographs, memory and imagination, often seeking subjects telling something of a story that can be researched. My subject matter also embraces landscape and abstract works. Railways are a recurring theme, which is a legacy from childhood days staying at the station house in Fordingbridge, Hampshire, where my grandfather was the Stationmaster.

Building the road from Raglan to Usk
Building the road from Raglan to Usk

Oil on canvas

Herring Seeker
Herring Seeker

Oil on canvas

The Jump
The Jump

Oil on canvas

Waterfall Version 2
Waterfall Version 2

Chinese ink and gouache

Concrete road to monastery
Concrete road to monastery

Acrylic

Untitled
Untitled

Chalk

Oceanic
Oceanic

Oil on canvas

Untitled
Untitled

Charcoal

Iceland
Iceland

Acrylic

Play in the surf
Play in the surf

Oil on canvas

View from East Hill 2
View from East Hill 2

Oil on canvas

Grimsby
Grimsby

Acrylic

York station
York station

Oil on canvas

Oil painting
Oil painting

Oil on canvas

17 hours later
17 hours later

Oil on canvas