Every day Creative, Every day Original and “Let’s
paint some sunshine!”
Mike Bursaw was introduced to Liz Goodrick Dillon through Landauer Publishing in 2005. He licensed “Arctic Santa”. This design quickly became a best seller for Crown Point Graphics and continues to be a favorite in the Christmas line today. We continue to license and promote Liz’s work with her “Santa’s” being a customer favorite. We have added her Religious images to our product lines with tremendous success. Our partnership has been a fruitful one!
How did art become your focus?
I grew up watching my dad tool leather purses and saddles and my mother sewing my clothes. They would just work with their hands and replicating their work became a natural process early on. I would see their patterns, colors, shadows and try to reproduce an image that would represent what I was seeing.
Who/what are your biggest influences?
The designs of William Morris influence my repeat designs. Realistic impressionism is a challenge I keep trying to conquer in my work so I turn to Monet and Remington for inspiration. For realistic coloring and shading of people I try to emulate Norman Rockwell and Michelangelo. They all have helped with my style.
What, as an artist, is the most meaningful lesson you’ve learned?
Patience! Never underestimate your skills as an artist and don’t be afraid to try new things and reinvent yourself.
How long did it take for you to develop your style?
10 years and counting – still learning and reinventing.
What is your creative process like?
I get an idea and sketch it out small to get it on paper, then revise to size of project and fill in with color. Other times I just start painting. Often I use my photography to inspire and for reference.
What is the most challenging part of your job?
Starting a new project for sure.
What stands out to you as one of your favorite professional highlights so far?
I design needle point ornaments and have been honored to have them adorn the White House Christmas trees over the years. I had one of my Nativity designs on a fabric panel used in the background of Dolly Parton’s TV show, “Coat of Many Colors”. They were used in the church scenes. It’s always fun to see your art on TV.
What advice would you give to an aspiring artist?
Do the research, buy the right materials and listen to advice and critiques.
What is your personal motto?
Every day Creative, Every day Original and “Let’s paint some sunshine!”