In December 1999, Chicago artist Mike Carroll and his wife, Kathy, visited Lāna’i to celebrate their 20th anniversary. Within a week they made an offer on a fixer-upper plantation house and returned to Chicago to sell everything to commence a 2-year sabbatical on a quiet tropical island…Today they’re still on Lāna’i and the Mike Carroll Gallery is judged by many to be among the best galleries in Hawai‘i.
If you’ve fallen in love with a particular location on Lana’i or one of the neighbor Island this is your opportunity to let Mike turn your memory into an original sketch or oil painting! During your private visit with Mike, at the gallery, he will get a feel for the locale you are wanting to commission. After he starts your commission piece you will be sent a “photo/sketch” of the composition for approval before Mike puts brush to canvas. Mike particularly loves creating original oil paintings as a surprise for birthdays, anniversaries, or as a “thank you” gift.
“Piedmont Plein Aire Paint Out”, High Point, NC, (Upcoming September 2015)
“Celebration Of Hawai’i”, Viewpoints Gallery, Makawao, (Jan. 2015)
“Just Plein Fun”, Debra Huse Gallery, Balboa Island, CA (Invitational, Aug. 2014)
Schaefer Portrait Challenge, Maui Arts and Cultural Center (2003, 2006, 2009, 2012, 2015)
Maui Plein Air Painting Invitational, Village Gallery, Lahaina (2006-2015)
Kaua’i Plein Air Painting Invitational, Grove Farm Museum, Lihue (2011, 2012)
Makawao Paint Out Invitational, Viewpoints Gallery, Makawao (2008-2011)
Ongoing Exhibitions, Mike Carroll Gallery, Lana’i City (2002-present)
Winner, “Brush Off” (2 hour painting competition), “Just Plein Fun”, Debra Huse Gallery, Balboa Island (2014)
“Honor Hawai’i, Honor Maui” (Hawaiian Cultural Award), Maui Plein Air Painting Invitational, (2014)
First Place, Professional Division, Makawao Paint-Out, Viewpoints Gallery, Makawao, (2011)
O’o Farm Label Award, Makawao Paint-Out, Viewpoints Gallery, 2009
Café Kapalua Award, Maui Plein Air Painting Invitational, Village Gallery, Lahaina, (2009)
After a 20-year career as a medical and commercial illustrator in Chicago, Mike and his wife, Kathy, moved to Lana’i in 2001. Since then he has been selected as a Signature Member of both the Plein Air Painters of Hawaii and “Islanders” (10 artists from across Hawaii), and has been juried into all 5 Schaefer Portrait Challenges, one of 2 artists in the State with that honor. From 2010-1013 he served on the Board of Directors of the Hawaii State Art Museum.
1975, B.A., Western Maryland College, Double Major in Biology and Art, Honors in Art
1978, M.A., Medical and Biological Illustration, The Johns Hopkins University School Of Medicine, Department Of Art As Applied To Medicine