Hi, I'm Mike Theuer.
I'm a professional portrait artist. I create pencil portraits and watercolor portraits from your photographs by hand. No computer imaging.
I have over thirty years art experience, most of that time spent teaching art at the Pennsylvania State University at University Park between 1994 and 2015. Though I officially retired from teaching in 2015, I snuck back again recently! And since 2007 I've been working full time in my current job as a portrait artist.
I spend my days painting and drawing from my home in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania U.S.A. When I can, I also show my art in pencil, watercolor, and oil paint at local Galleries. The rest of the time I direct chores, buy groceries, or drive one of my sons to school . . . because while my wife works as a middle-school counselor, I'm also the stay-at-home dad for my three boys!
As a young man I did eclectic things. After a Master's in Psychology from PSU in '89, for example, I worked several years as a therapist for troubled kids. And I also started a couple of businesses of my own.
As a kid I was introduced to art by my high-school art teacher. He taught me how to use different media which I quickly aimed at capturing nature, drawing my first pencil portrait from a photo and painting my first watercolor painting from a calendar, both artworks when I was just 16.
Today I've created over two thousand portraits. In each I try to make a striking resemblance. But I try not to make a portrait look smooth and blended like a photo. I feel if I wanted a photo, then I should use a camera. Instead I strive to make a portrait rough especially toward the edges of the paper. Except the eyes. The eyes I usually smooth and blend to look photographic hoping the contrast will draw your attention. To me the eyes are where the resemblance is.
Watch this first video or tap my playlist at the top for more. Videos show me creating customer' portraits in time-lapse. Plus me clowning around!
All content in this website, m.MikeTheuer.com, and all art that I sell to customers who commission my work may not be reproduced in any way nor used for commercial gain without my permission.
Likewise, all artwork across the world wide web containing my signature which is shown in the 'header' above may not be reproduced in any way nor used for commercial gain without my permission.
And any artwork containing my signature anywhere in cyberspace or in reality whether bought, borrowed or displayed may not be altered in any way, ever.
Finally while customers who commission my work own the portrait(s) on paper, I retain all rights to the digital copies.