Mike grew up in Boston and attended Boston University graduating with a degree in psychology. Although Mike won an award for his art at 12 years old he really began to shape his style while studying with portrait artist Robert Cormier at Boston’s, Fenway Studios. Cormier taught in the spirt and style of the 19th century Ecolé Des Beaux Arts where Mike truly learned how to draw, paint and compose. Moving to Manhattan, Mike began developing his own personal approach to painting in a West Village art community while also continuing his studies at the School of Visual Arts and in private sessions.
While a mental health counselor at a locked psychiatric facility in Boston, Mike observed the difficult, yet fascinating stories of his patients and quickly understood that these people had faded from the world and their personal stories went untold. Remembering each and every one of those patients, Mike began documenting his series of psychological portraits, oil on wood, titled "Small Stories".