I have been painting Antarctic scenes and subjects in oils for some 36 years now and the gallery pages will give you some idea of my range of subjects. My paintings are representational and based on my experiences with British Antarctic Survey as a geologist, based at South Georgia and at Halley Bay in the Weddell Sea sector of Antarctica. I have visited the Antarctic Peninsula in the year 2000 providing me with new images and subjects that will add further authenticity to my work.
In addition I have designed several sets of postage stamps. The first celebrated the 80th anniversary of Shackleton’s crossing of South Georgia, issued on 20th May 1996. A millennium edition depicted nine scenes from Shackleton’s Endurance saga of the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition 1914-17 for the territories of Falkland Islands, South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands and British Antarctic Territory. These were issued on 10th February 2000. The year 2001 marked the centenary of Captain Scott's Discovery Expedition 1901-04. A set of six stamps were prepared to commemorate this expedition and issued on 5th December 2001. On 2nd November 1902 the Scottish National Antarctic Expedition 1902-04 sailed from the Clyde and the centenary has been marked by a further issue of six stamps and a First Day Cover in early December 2002. All the subsequent stamp designs are included on this web site.
In the past I have been a full member of the Society of Staffordshire Artists, exhibiting scenes of both Antarctic and local subjects at their regular spring, summer and autumn shows. You may be interested in viewing my other, non-polar paintings at www.mikes-paintings.co.uk
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