Bio & History

  • 2006
  • 2007
  • September 2007
  • 2008
  • February 2008
  • 2009
  • 2010
  • 2012
  • 2006 2006

    April 2006 – Packed up the Nissan Altima and headed west.

    June 2006 – Began summer employment with Sanborn Western Camps until 2010, and began development of art program.  The program grew until it became a solid complement to a widespread plethora of activities at the camp positively encouraging youth. Among the many facets of art expression the program included components of woodworking, photography, drawing and painting, jewelry making, and ceramics.

    August 2006 – Potts’ 1st live iconic painting executed in the Sheraton Expo Center in Kansas City. That painting and another sold for a total of $1600 with all proceeds benefiting the honored charity at the event.

    September 2006– Potts received his 1st professional body of work commissioned from a software firm in Bonner Springs, KS.

  • 2007 2007

    January 2007 – Relocation to Bonner Springs, KS.

    February 2007 – Backstage Keith Urban & Carrie Underwood fundraiser painting.

    March 2007 – Nashville American Cancer Society 3 day fundraising event featuring celebrities like Kix Brooks and Steve Mcnair.

    May 2007 – Cattleman’s Ball featuring Tracy Byrd

    May 2007 – Sanborn Camp

    September 2007 – Commision with Vess Oil for main introduction piece in foyer of Vess Oil, Wichita, KS.

  • 2007.5 September 2007

    September 2007 – Commision with Vess Oil for main introduction piece in foyer of Vess Oil in Wichita, Ks. This project was completed in February 2008.

  • 2008 2008

    February 2008 – Vess Oil commission

    May 2008 – Sanborn Camp

    December 2008 – Petty event stage right with Darius Rucker at Petty Ranch in Trinity, NC benefiting Victory Junction

  • 2008.5 February 2008

    February  2008 – Poet Ethonol Products commission

    June 2008 – Poet Ethonol commission complete

  • 2009 2009

    January 2009 – Two paintings auctioned off at over $13,000 benefiting Victory Junction

    March 2009 – Nashville event on stage with Josh Turner benefiting Victory Junction

    May 2009 – Sanborn Camp

    August 2009 – Halo Foundation fundraiser at “country bar” featured guest Chris Young

    Oct 2009 – NCAA College Inductee Hall of Fame with Magic Johnson and Larry Bird

  • 2010 2010

    March 2010 – Petty event stage right to Randy Montana at Petty Ranch in Trinity NC

    May 2010 – Sanborn Camp

  • 2012 2012

    February 2012 – Kansas City pre-event opener to Wynona Judd benefiting Victory Junction

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A Creative Path

Mike Potts uses photography, sculpture, and painting, as methods for expressing his vision of Art. His painting ranges from very controlled and methodic methods to an erratic and spontaneous use of color, body language, and brush stroke. All methods of this aim either individually, or collectively, at depicting the emotional exchange that occurs between the interaction of man and his environment. A major inspiration for Mike’s original work derives from the term “Flanuer”, which as envisioned by photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson, focuses on the authentic depiction of man in motion in his environment.

In addition to his original and commission work, Mike travels the country offering unique experiences to audiences large and small as a live performance painter. He uses his artistic gift to help raise money for various charities and in the process provide audiences a glimpse at some of the basic principles artists use to establish resolve in their most personal work. Mike selects his live painting subject matter based on the goal that it will immediately engage the audience in the process of painting. Many times this takes the form of painting people of historical reference who have inspired great masses. This combined with his desire and energy to show people the process of art live helps bring people to a more personal awareness of how art can positively impact lives.