About The Artist - Mike Biegel
"Vermont... where the lay of the land and the change of the seasons match many of my favorite subjects to illustrate"
Born in Detroit, raised in New Jersey, I eventually found my way to the Green Mountains of Vermont. I lived there for 20 years. But life is a circle. My studio is now on Long Island. Which doesn't stop me from spending long weekends throughout the ski season in Killington. We are currently looking at property in both Vermont and New Hampshire.
About The Crow Quill Dip Pen — The crow quill is an old fashioned calligraphy pen & nib tool which I repeatedly dip into an inkwell to embellish my pencil drawings. I began using it in college. It quickly became my forte. Each illustration involves hours of work to attain the fine-line detail. It's not flashy or state of the art....but I'm proud to wield this tool and claim it as a badge of honor.
The Inspiration — When I was a kid in Jersey we lived on a brook. On one side was a corn field, the other side a sheep meadow. There was an old stone church and a vegetable stand within walking distance. As an Illustration student on my drives to Syracuse University I was fascinated by the old farms along the scenic highways of upstate New York. When I began skiing I wasn't only hooked on the sport, but enchanted with the even more remote back roads, the undulating hills, the old barns and covered bridges. The expanses of farm land with their cows, horses, wooden fences and heaping bales of hay helped to lure me in. That's how all these images came to be.