The Stroke of a Brush with Mike McCanna
Written by Jason Valenti All Images courtesy of Mike McCanna

Mike McCanna is as terse as artists get – but why go on and on when your art is the only needed locomotive for expression.  Mike’s brush strokes do most of his talking and when you examine his pieces below, you will agree that these strokes possess a tremendous gift for gab.  Mike’s paintings seem to stare, dance, seduce and entice from within the canvas projecting electric emotions that induce a desire to interact with them.  His paintings make you want to pay more attention to moments of magic that are always happening around us.  Mike is lucky enough to spend his professional and personal life within art and his inner contentment is apparent.

“I like to do as many paintings as possible and feel no pressure …”

Please tell us a little about yourself – your childhood, siblings, where you grew up, what you liked as a child, strange thoughts as a child/now, unique attributes, where you live now, etc.?

My name is Mike McCanna, I am an artist from Baltimore, MD.  I have a wife and three sons.

What is your earliest art memory – what hooked you?

My earliest art memories are drawing characters from the Flintstones cartoon.

How do you describe your form of art and how did you develop your art style?

I like to be as loose with the paint as possible and let the stroke of the brush look like the stroke of a brush.

What philosophy do you live by and what is your ultimate aspiration?

I like to do as many paintings as possible and feel no pressure with any one painting. I really enjoy the act of painting – me, my studio and some tunes make for an outstanding night.

Which artist/s do you look up to the most?

The artists I appreciate  are Sargent, Thiebaud, Torrez, and Kobayashi

Other than art what other profession would you like to attempt if you had the time and resources?

I would love to be a musician, who wouldn’t?

Are you lucky enough to have art pay your bills, if not, how do you maneuver the juggle between creativity and survival?

I have been an art director for an agency for several years.

Who dead or alive, celebrity or not, artist or not, would you like to go on a two week road trip with and why?

Ben Franklin- no reason

Since Style.No.Chaser is a men’s lifestyle magazine, what attributes/items/clothing /etc. do you think define a man?

Confidence in the task at hand

How can people learn more about your current and upcoming projects?

I display a lot of my work on Tumblr

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