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Mike Filippello is a self-taught artist who recently moved to Florida,
and is just starting to develop his own sense of creative style
with his paintings and drawings.
was born and raised in Lyons, a small town in the Fingerlakes Region
of upstate New York. He has always loved the creative things like
writing, drawing, painting, and sculpting. In his Senior year of
high school, he "discovered" ceramic art and throughout
that final year of high school had a great time making a series
of ceramic toys, including one of his favorite pieces, a white ship,
with red and blue pinstripes painted on it.
In the fall
of 1992, Mike decided to take a chance and write a children's book
. So he created an imaginary planet called "TwinkleWinkle"
and writes all his stories based on that little planet, which is
wide open to anything, including the names of the characters, places,
and things that can
be found on "Twinkle Winkle." Vowing that he would never
stop pursuing publication, he found the reality in his dream when
"The Tales of Twinkle Winkle" was published as an ebook
in September of 2001, which is sold on the internet through email
or as a floppy disk.
While he still
enjoys writing and illustrating his children's books, he decided
to get back into drawing, and since he has always had a strong interest
in folk art, this genre of art was automatically the one that he
started to do. At the same time he thought about painting again
and purchased some paints and posterboard and has to admit that
he is hooked!
Now, all he
wants to do is paint!
Mike says, "I
really love painting, and now I have found a new sense of creativity
with doing the kind of artwork that I really love to do."
Mike is married
to his best friend of eight years, Tricia. They live happily with
their French Poodle-Sir Valentino Beauregard of Barrontippeny, and
their Calico cat - Talia.
We hope you enjoy Mike's art work!