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Mike Ivy, picutred with some of the childhood inspirations for "My 8-Year-Old Self."
Born and raised in Austin, Texas, I'm a high school Art teacher, creating my art around my job. I'm an alumnus of Texas State University, where I received a BFA in Studio Art in 1997. I have been teaching Art in public schools ever since. Over the past few years, I have taken on the Visual Arts team lead role at the newest high school in Pflugerville ISD. My current classes include Art 2 Drawing, Art 3 Drawing, and AP Drawing. I am excited about this opportunity to build an ever-growing Art program from the ground up!
For me, Art is a passion, a hobby, and a profession. As an Art teacher, I continue to learn and grow as an artist: there are always new insights to gain, techniques to try, and ideas to explore--my learning never stops! My artwork can be either surreal or abstract, is often eccentric, and covers a variety of styles. I'm also a huge geek, unashamedly allowing my interests to influence my work. My preferred media are acrylics, stick and ink, and charcoal, while I have found my favorite drawing tool to be a ballpoint pen. Among my influences are Vincent Van Gogh, Salvador Dali, Rene Magritte, Pablo Picasso, Georges Braque, Frida Kahlo, Georgia O'Keefe, Edward Gorey, M.C. Escher, and Charles M. Schulz.
My current focus is a project called "My 8-Year-Old Self," a series of drawings about a character who is an amalgam of my childhood experiences, the objects of my geekiness, and the fantasy worlds I created. I'm drawing inspiration from two artists who significantly impacted me in my formative years, Charles M. Schulz and Edward Gorey, all while being unashamedly self-indulgent. With my first book of these drawings published in June, 2022, I’m hard at work on illustrations for two more books.
I still live in Austin with my husband and two very spoiled dogs.
Artist. Teacher. Geek. @michaelivyart