Born and raised in Hammond Indiana, Mike Desatnick, after a decorated tour in Viet Nam, began his art career completing his education at the American Academy of Art, Chicago, Illinois. He was invited to join the faculty at the American Academy where he was an award-winning instructor for six years. His paintings of Native Americans show great sensitivity and empathy with his subjects. The bold colors, beautiful play of light and authentic native costumes are enhanced by the realistic expressions of the people he paints. Based out of his home/studio in a picturesque setting in Colorado, Mike also enjoys painting other subjects including still lifes, market scenes, interiors and the various people and cultures of his travel experiences. He is an artist who interprets what he sees and shares his emotions on canvas.