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the art of gifting with mike fitts

artist michael fitts has been using oil paint on reclaimed scrap metal for more than 20 years. his work elevates the unexpected, depicting hyper-realistic common objects in punchy colors against earthy, weathered backgrounds. mike’s art focuses on surface tones and textures, and he embraces existing marks, dents, and scratches when sourcing metal for his work.
below, we ask mike about his work, festive traditions, and his approach to the art of gifting.

artist q&a

what are you working on now that’s most exciting? a commission of 140 original oil pantings.

where is your work available for sale? haley fine art in sperryville va; gallery piquel in new hope, pa; gallery 50 in rehoboth beach, de; and blue spiral 1 in asheville, nc. 

do you have a favorite holiday tradition? fetching a christmas tree.

what would you give your nearest and dearest from scarpa this holiday? shoes.

last series you binged? m*a*s*h

which pair of shoes do you reach for most days? blundstone boots

classic scarpa questions: duke’s or helman’s? cake or pie? duke’s and pie

where would you or where do you travel to be inspired? junk shops.

what have you created that will never be for sale? anything that my wife wants to keep

what are you looking forward to in the new year? snow

shop the gift guide: gift like mike fitts