Painting – From Keystrokes to Brushstrokes
If the name Mike Handley sounds familiar, it probably is.
Black Belt residents might recognize Handley’s newspaper byline from the
1980’s, when he was editor of the award winning Sumter County Journal in York,
AL. Outdoorsmen might have seen it in numerous national hunting and
Handley left York in 1990 to publish a hunting-and-fishing tabloid
before accepting the position as outdoor editor for The Montgomery
Advertiser. In 1998, he joined Buckmasters as editor of Rack magazine.
It wasn’t until 2001, following his first safari to South Africa,
that Handley decided to try his hand at painting. His first depicted a
group of AIDS orphans from Johannesburg who sang and danced beside the campfire
for a group of teary-eyed North American hunters.
Since then, he’s taken numerous prizes at shows and exhibited at
galleries across Alabama.
Magazine editor by day and artist by night, Handley now lives in
Montgomery with his wife, Gita, who teaches writing at Alabama State
University. You can view all of his paintings at www.mikehandleyart.com.