Michael Carey

Updated: Feb 22

Art By Mike

Michael Carey, an internationally known pencil artist, is best known for his ability to grab

a moment in time and captures it’s uniqueness, sentiment, or it’s humor and turn it into

a beautiful piece of artwork. His works have won numerous awards in local and

statewide art shows including the prestigious Lodi Art Show and the Sacramento Artists

Guild Show and have been and are currently on display in galleries up and down the

West Coast. Mike has also had his work on display at the Crocker Art Gallery in

Sacramento, California. Mike’s collectors have likened his work to that of Rockwell, but

with Mike’s unique perspective. Most of his work reflects special moments of his friend’s

and family’s life experiences. You can even see the faces of friends and family that

grace his Civil War and Americana pieces. Mike supports the community that supported

him over all of these years and has donated his art to organizations including The Wild

Turkey Federation, The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, California Mule Deer

Association, and local charities for fundraising. Mike has also been a contributing

illustrator to many newspapers such as the Sacramento Bee and other publications

including Outdoor California Magazine.

Mike was born in Willard, Ohio. At age 2, his Father packed up the family and moved

them to Fair Oaks, California. It was during high school, under the expert guidance of

instructors Dick Katel and Joe Canariato that Mike developed his artistic style of using

graphite and colored pencil as his medium. After high school, Mike enlisted for 4 years

in the Air Force and was stationed at George AFB in southern California. During this

time, little did he know that his love of wildlife, fishing and camping would lead him to

meet the new love of his life, Jeanne, while on a rafting trip down the American River, to

whom he has now been married to for over 37 years. Together, Mike and Jeanne have

a lovely daughter, Nicole who is now teaching in an elementary school in Sacramento,


After his hitch in the Air Force, Mike attended formal art classes at American River

College in Sacramento, California. This was very long time ago now, and Mike is still on

his journey of capturing flashes in life. Ever striving to help us all remember those

special times in our lives.

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