Original paintings in Oil, Gouache, and Acrylic by Michael Kitei. Mike's life as an oil painter started in Santa Fe where he moved with his wife and golden retriever in 2008. He was an active fine art photographer and a partner in an on line Gallery, Images2.com. But something about Santa Fe, possibly the community of somewhere in the neighborhood of 3000 artists took hold of him and it wasn't long before he put down his cameras and picked up a paint brush. He spent the years both painting and taking instructions from some of the finest painters in America. He still attends workshops when he's able. It helps to sharpen his skills and learn new techniques, but mostly, being around so many fine artists is inspiring. He's back home in Cincinnati now, Spending days in his studio where a bank of North facing windows overlooks Stoney Creek, some times an inspiration and others a distraction as it changes with the weather from a placid reflecting body to a raging rapids.