Mike is an award-winning professional artist. Born in 1953 in Akron, Ohio, he went to Coventry Senior High, Class of 1971 and married classmate Gail Smith in 1973. Mike is a self-taught artist. He has created many hundreds of designs for t-shirt and textile impressions for Champion Bowling Supply in Akron, Hooper Handprints, Florida, and Air Waves, Inc. in Columbus, Ohio. Mike worked in an artists' colony, Halbert's Incorporated in Akron for a year creating heraldic art. He's been self-employed at Mike Blanc Studios since 1974, and from 1989 till the present he's an associate at Artists Incorporated and recently, VanitaBooks, LLC, of Akron an independent publisher of children's literature.