Steven D. Mikel

Fresh, Authentic Coffee Paintings


"The world is full of obvious things
which nobody by any chance ever observes."

Sherlock Holmes, The Hound of the Baskervilles


Throughout my life, I discovered that I noticed things that other people seemed to miss; discarded bits of things along the roadside creating textural compositions, intricate patterns I would see within old peeling paint and rusty metal objects, or how pine cones and needles gathered in abstract clumps on the ground pushed together by the mountain breezes. I would become entranced by the dynamic patterns of waves on sand, or the “juxtaposition” between light and shadow as the sun would rise upon the mountain sides... My artistic vision centers around the revelation of these overlooked or unseen experiential moments hidden within everyday life surrounding us.


Painting with coffee’s natural monochromatic tones helps me focus my vision without the distraction that color can sometimes present. While working in both “Realism” and “Abstract Expressionism” allows me to share physically what caught my eye, as well as, the intangible spiritual heart of what inspired me.

Dark Roast Abstractions

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Abstract Expressionism Portfolio

Dark Roast Watercolors

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Realism Portfolio