Mikki Senkarik always wanted to be an artist; her mother encouraged her to draw as soon as she could hold a pencil. After earning a Fine Art Degree at the University of South Florida, Mikki was accepted into the elite field of Medical Illustration and graduated from the Medical College of Georgia with a Master’s Degree. Senkarik has illustrated 47 major medical textbooks and in 5 of the 9 years working as a Medical Illustrator Mikki’s peers gave her the honorary Award of Excellence, the profession’s highest award.
Jack White, a master artist, came into her life in 1990. The two have traveled the world, living in places where people go for vacations. He taught Mikki to paint in oils; directing her to become one of the top selling easel painters in Santa Fe for the past thirty years. Senkarik incorporates Jack’s double primary color mixing system of warm and cool yellows, warm and cool reds, and warm and cool blues plus white. This color palette gives her original oils vibrancy and purity not achievable with pre-mixed pigments. Combining architecture and flowers, she brings beauty and happiness to the hearts and homes of people who love art.
Because of Jack’s knowledge, generosity, love and encouragement the dark brambles of abuse in Senkarik’s early days have been transformed into a joyous garden. Ed Marhanka, one of her very first collectors, dubbed Senkarik’s paintings “BILLBOARDS OF HAPPINESS”. Zest for living dances from her brush onto the canvas.
When asked, “Why do you paint?” Mikki responded enthusiastically with twinkling eyes, “I want to make a world where colors come alive, flowers burst with exuberance and the landscape bubbles with excitement. I want my happiness to jump exuberantly out of the painting and grab the viewer, giving them a big, Texas Sized HUG!”
The tall, slender Senkarik continued, “Surviving abuse and cancer is what drives me to paint bright, happy art. I appreciate life so much I can’t help but let that joy seep into my oils. I am very blessed to have many loyal and supportive collectors all over the world. Because of my TEAM SENKARIK FAMILY I’m able to make a living doing what I love, PAINT. Thank you to all of them from the bottom of my heart.”