Montgomery County

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 fishing publications.

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

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Mike Handley Print print, art for the wall, painting, wildlife, wild life
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A 14" x 11" print of an original Mike Handley painting. This print features three deer in a field.

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Mike Handley-Bobcat; 5"x7"

Picking a Fight mike handley, black belt, wildlife painting, acyrilic painting, deer painting
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Mike Handley-Picking a Fight; Framed Acrylic Painting, 24"x20"