Mike Holder

P.O. Box 2043
Borrego Springs, CA 92004
760-767-5264, 619-665-2899


Pyrography • ink on wood paper and gourds

Pyrography artist, Mike Holder, creates one-of-a-kind images, wood burning them on Baltic Birch. He uses his computer to convert his photos and artwork to line drawings. Recently he added watercolor and rag papers to his repertoire of mediums for his art. Three years ago Mike decided to bring vivid color to his images with the use of ink dyes used to paint on gourds. It created an entirely new market for his work.

In his early years, Mike was a photographer in the Great Northwest where he worked in advertising in the fashion and product industries. On hiatus from his work, he was drawn to the outdoors…the wildlife, the streams, the mountains and lakes of the scenic Northwest.

With an extensive gallery of photos from which to work he began using them to create patterns he could wood burn. And so it began.

Ink as a coloring agent is archival and the vivid colors will last even in direct sunlight. It is what has attracted buyers to the Borrego Springs Art Institute where Mike has had many pictures sold over the last few years. This past February Mike was featured in Creative Woodworking and Craft magazine in a full page article.

Recently Mike has been approached by the manufacturer of the inks to help them introduce these inks to the fine arts market. Mike will be working with distributors of “Steward Superior Ink” to help introduce an old product to a new worldwide market.

Currently, Mike is looking for new galleries who will represent him. He is widely diversified in his subject matter.