Hello world. My name is Mike, welcome to my art. I was born in England when it was still in black and white, a few months before the Doctor first appeared in his TARDIS and JFK went to Dallas (1963, but I take no responsibility for the severity of its winter).
Growing up, I quickly learned which end of the pencil was supposed to go on the paper (it's the pointy bit; who says you can't learn from the net?) and spent a lot of time drawing reasonable approximations of cartoon characters like Bugs Bunny, Donald and Daffy Duck and my great favourite, Wile E. Coyote. I also spent a lot of time falling off my bike, falling out of trees and getting covered in mud while trying to save penalties – you know, all the things kids used to do that everyone seems to be trying to ban these days (grumpy old man bit over).
Then the world tapped me on the shoulder and said, “You can't make a living doing that, do something 'useful' instead.” Actually, I think it was my careers adviser at school who said that and probably from the other side of a big desk.
So, off I went into the world of 'proper jobs' and spent the next couple of millennia (or does it just feel like that) discovering the joys of earning money, spending it unwisely and accumulating a portfolio of bills as society expects. I was in at the start of the home computer evolution, watched as bureaucracy overcame common sense, and shook my head in disbelief as fashion and style regularly took a holiday and left people to their own devices. (1970s, I'm looking at you here.)
Then, a few years ago, I went to a craft show at the NEC in Birmingham, looking for something that didn't involve logic, commuting and arguing over first pick on next year's holiday rota. Armed with my extensive knowledge of pencil usage, I discovered the pastel pencil art of Colin Bradley and rekindled my enjoyment of scribbling on paper. Once I discovered that some of those scribbles actually made pictures (if you squinted a bit, held it at arm's length and didn't try too hard to work out what it was supposed to be), I never looked back. The rest, as they say, is… still ongoing actually. In 2016, I also returned to editing for publications in the Springer-Praxis range of space exploration books and have been busy with that ever since. Probably explains the infrequent nature of my art projects!
As for the name of the company, well, that was one of the (many) nicknames of my cat, Molly. It was the one she usually got in autumn when she'd been out among the leaf litter. She had a nice line in wearing bits of twig, leaf and grass when she came back in. Cat fashion takes holidays too! Sadly, we lost Molly to old age in 2016, but she's still here to say Hi in the site's favicon.