Michael Bingham was born in Salt Lake City in 1962 and raised in Idaho. He graduated from the prestigious Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California in 1988. Bingham was then recruited by Hallmark Cards, Inc. in Kansas City, Missouri and spent twelve years there designing and painting nearly a thousand products. “I have been more than blessed with my share of great art teachers. To name just a few, Leon Parsons, Sergei Bongart, Dan McCaw, Richard Bunkall, Skip Whitcomb, Richard Schmid and Ovanes Berberian. I feel very indebted to these and others for the time they spent helping me learn to paint. I now find great satisfaction in teaching painting classes and helping others develop their talents.
I use thick oil paints because I really enjoy the texture and brush strokes they give me. I paint things that I think are beautiful. It may be the color, the composition, or perhaps, a moment of dramatic light. I am not exactly sure why I choose one scene over another. But overall, my interest is to create art that helps us feel good. So many things in the world today are unpleasant. I hope my paintings help to calm and bring a smile.”
“Rhapsody in Blue”