Mike Bell is inspired by 30 years of living and working on the Northumberland coast and in the wilds of the Scottish borders. The patterns of sand on beach, piles of seaweed and driftwood are cleverly incorporated into his paintings. Mike's work is created using a wide range of materials including sand, soil and coal dust, which are embedded into the paint surface to create a natural effect. He prefers to use finger, knife and trowel rather than brush, and experiments with Holographic paint to simulate the special light in Northumberland. Since studying Art and Design in Sunderland, Mike has exhibited extensively throughout the North of England and Scotland, and has also taught Art and Design for several years.