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 1980s, when he was editor of the award-winning Sumter County Journal in York, Alabama. Outdoorsmen might have seen it in numerous national hunting and fishing publications.

Mike left York in 1990 to publish a hook-and-bullet tabloid before accepting the position as outdoors editor for the daily newspaper in Montgomery. In 1998, he joined Buckmasters as editor of Rack magazine.

It wasn’t until 2001, following his first trip to South Africa, that Mike decided to try his hand at painting. His first canvas depicted a group of AIDS orphans from Johannesburg who sang and danced beside the campfire for a group of teary-eyed North Americans.

Since then, he’s taken numerous prizes at shows and exhibited at galleries across Alabama and Mississippi. In addition to painting wildlife and vintage automobiles, he also paints portraits of Southern writers and blues musicians.

The now retired magazine editor lives in Montgomery with his wife, Gita, a former writer, editor, and college writing coach. You can view all of his paintings at

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65 Ford Truck mike handley, 65 ford truck, truck, 65 ford, painting,
65 Ford Truck Price: $200.00
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Mike Handley: 65 Ford truck; framed; 20"x10"; signed by the artist

Plein-Air Writing mike handley, plein air, writing, book,
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Mike Handley: Plein-Air WritingIf you've ever stumbled upon a man in a tree, or sitting on a log or boulder, hunched over and scribbling madly into a notebook balanced on his thigh, you might've witnessed the writing of this journal. This compilation of stories, anecdotes, photographs and paintings represents the evolution of cursive into font and sketches into art. "Plein-Air Writing" chronicles Mike Handley's travels through Oklahoma's Wichita mountains, Louisiana's Cajun country, roads less...

Flannery OConnor Mike Handley, Flannery OConnor,
Flannery O'Connor Price: $265.00
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Mike Handley: Flannery O'Connor; approx. 14"x18"

Blue Jay mike handley, blue jay, 16x20 blue jay,
Blue Jay Price: $215.00
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Mike Handley: Blue Jay (framed); signed by the artist; 16"x20'

53 Buick Special mike handley, 53 buick special
'53 Buick Special Price: $179.00
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Mike Handley: '53 Buick Special- 10x20 framed; signed by artist

49 Ford mike handley, 49 ford
'49 Ford Price: $179.00
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Mike Handley: '49 Ford- 10x20 Framed; signed by artist

Hooch Man mike handley, hooch man, bearded
Hooch Man Price: $179.00
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Mike Handley: Hooch Man (bearded) framed 10'x10'

Mike Handley Art 2024 Calendar Mike Handley, Wildlife, Art, Calendar
Mike Handley Art 2024 Calendar Price: $25.75
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Mike Handley Art 2024 Calendar. Every month features a print of one of Mike's wildlife paintings. Bring the outdoors in to every season of your life in 2024. 

Strutters strutters, turkey, mike, handley, mike handley, wildlife
Strutters Price: $45.00
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Mike Handley:  "Strutters'' 5x7 acrylic on canvas