Mike, the current Board Chairman for Lighthouse has spent more than 500 hours creating and personally framing the artwork for his exhibition and will donate all proceeds equally between Lighthouse, in aid of our 40th birthday fundraising appeal, and the Dorset disability charity Diverse Abilities.
A trained architect, Mike’s painting over the years has concentrated on architectural subjects and street scenes. Since moving from London to Poole nearly twenty years ago, he has branched out into other areas including marine painting and landscapes.
A major influence on his style of painting is the work of John Yardley, one of the UK’s top contemporary watercolour artists. Mike specialises in painting in an impressionist style while cleverly capturing sunlight and the motion of people in his work. Although Mike has based his style on Yardley’s techniques, because of his architectural training he is able to combine the impressionist feel with accurate depictions of buildings and landscapes which make a lot of his paintings instantly recognisable.
He travels overseas a lot and usually paints scenes associated with his travels as well as London and local subjects. His work is hanging in homes around the world including Australia, North America and Europe as well as the UK.
Proceeds from all sales from the exhibition will be donated to Lighthouse and Diverse Abilities.
“Lighthouse is a not for profit organisation and a charity, and any surplus income that it makes is re-invested back into the organisation. We gratefully receive public funding from Arts Council and the Borough of Poole. However, this regular funding has reduced substantially, and we need to raise an additional £200,000 every year through direct fundraising to support our work and continue to present a diverse and broad range of arts and entertainment, an exciting education programme and opportunities for participation,” explained Elspeth McBain, Chief Executive for Lighthouse. “Funds raised from Mike Jeffries exhibition will go towards the creation of new work, and the work of the Learning and Participation team, providing opportunities for young people throughout Dorset.”
Diverse Abilities is an independent, not for profit organisation working together with families to meet the needs of local people of all ages with physical and learning disabilities. They are dedicated to supporting their needs today and into the future while enabling them to experience a lifetime of opportunities and challenges. Diverse Abilities achieve this through tailor-made programmes of support developed according to the needs of the individual through every transitional stage of their lives and personal development, providing the people they support with a little bit of sunshine to ensure they have an enjoyable and fulfilling life.