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Mike Bennett was born at Chanute Air Force Base, in Rantoul, IL where his father taught meteorology. Subsequently, his family moved to Chateauroux, France where his father was transferred and continued to work in the field of meteorology at the Chateauroux Air Station for the U.S. Air Force. Memories of visiting Gothic cathedrals and country churches in France as a toddler left an impression on him. He has painted many churches, farmhouses, barns, and mountain cabins in his nostalgic paintings and has plans for many more. In the 1960s his family moved to Southern California where he has lived most of his life. He completed his schooling at California State University, San Bernardino, CA where he earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree and a teaching credential in Art at the University of Redlands, in Redlands, CA.

For ten years he worked as a graphic artist for a construction supply company. During this time, Mike also freelanced as an illustrator and commission artist. He sold his paintings in art galleries in California and to Columbia Magazine. He worked on special art commissions for famed composer/conductor and priest, Alfonso DArtega.
Over the years, he has licensed his art for many publications as greeting cards, international stamps, paperback and hardback book covers, magazine covers, newspaper illustrations, wood and cardboard jigsaw puzzles, cross stitch designs, pixel hobby crafts, audio cassette covers, murals, metal signs, and posters.He married a beautiful young lady named Rene and they had three beautiful daughters. All three of them are married and have wonderful husbands. Both Mike and Rene also have beautiful grandchildren that have completed their life. Mike believes that he was given this wonderful talent from God to bring a little beauty to this troubled world.

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Springtime at the Huber Farm by Mike Bennett Whose Been Digging in My Stockings? Autumn in Big Bear Forest by Mike Bennett
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Springtime at the Huber Farm by Mike Bennett Whose Been Digging in My Stockings? Autumn in Big Bear  Forest by Mike Bennett
Springtime at the Huber Farm by Mike Bennett. Who's Been Diggin in My Stocking?  by Mike Bennett Autumn in Big Bear Forest by Mike Bennett
Autumn in Pleasant Valley by Mike Bennett Beauty and the Beast by Mike Bennett A Gathering of Eagles by Mike Bennett
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Autumn in Pleasant Valley by Mike Bennett Beauty and the Beast by Mike Bennett A Gathering of Eagles  by Mike Bennett
Autumn in Pleasant Valley  by Mike Bennett Beauty and the Beast by Mike Bennett A Gathering of Eagles  by Mike Bennett
A Gathering of Eagles at Yellowstone Falls by Mike Bennett Aurora by Mike Bennett Butterflies and Tulips by Mike Bennett
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A Gathering of Eagles at Yellowstone Falls  by Mike Bennett Aurora  by Mike Bennett Butterflies and Tulips  by Mike Bennett
A Gathering of Eagles at Yellowstone Falls  by Mike Bennett Aurora by Mike Bennett Butterflies and Tulips by Mike Bennett
Butterflies are Free by Mike Bennett Butterflies Bonanza by Mike Bennett California Quail and Ring-Necked Pheasant by Mike Bennett
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Butterflies are Free  by Mike Bennett Butterflies Bonanza  by Mike Bennett California Quail and Ring-Necked Pheasant by Mike Bennett
Butterflies are Free by Mike Bennett Butterflies Bonanza by Mike Bennett California Quail and Ring-Necked Pheasant  by Mike Bennett
Canadian Geese at the Old Grist Mill #2 by Mike Bennett Cardinals by Mike Bennett Christmas at Our Lady of Victory #2 by Mike Bennett
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Canadian Geese at the Old Grist Mill #2 by Mike Bennett Cardinals by Mike Bennett Christmas at Our Lady of Victory #2 by Mike Bennett
Canadian Geese by the Old Grist Mill #2 by Mike Bennett Cardinals by Mike Bennett Christmas at Our Lady of Victory #2 by Mike Bennett
Christmas at St. Bernardine's by Mike Bennett Christmas in Big Bear by Mike Bennett Christmas in Rantoul by Mike Bennett
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Christmas at St. Bernardine's by Mike Bennett Christmas in Big Bear by Mike Bennett Christmas in Rantoul  by Mike Bennett
Christmas at St. Bernadine's by Mike Bennett Christmas in Big Bear by Mike Bennett Christmas in Rantoul by Mike Bennett
Christmas in the Country #2 by Mike Bennett Christmas in the Country #2-red by Mike Bennett Christmas in the Country #3 by Mike Bennett
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Christmas in the Country #2  by Mike Bennett Christmas in the Country #2-red by Mike Bennett Christmas in the Country #3 by Mike Bennett
Christmas in the Country #2 by Mike Bennett Christmas in the Country #2-red by Mike Bennett Christmas in the Country #3 by Mike Bennett
Clydesdales in the Meadow by Mike Bennett Doug's Bait and Tackle Shop by Mike Bennett Eagle Lake Lodge by Mike Bennett
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Clydesdales in the Meadow by Mike Bennett Doug's Bait and Tackle Shop by Mike Bennett Eagle Lake Lodge by Mike Bennett
Clydesdales in the Meadow by Mike Bennett Doug's Bait and Tackle Shop by Mike Bennett Eagle Lake Lodge by Mike Bennett
Eagles and Orcas by Mike Bennett Lumbering Along Shasta County by Mike Bennett Moose Crossing in Glacier Park by Mike Bennett
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Eagles and Orcas by Mike Bennett Lumbering Along Shasta County by Mike Bennett Moose Crossing in Glacier Park by Mike Bennett
Eagles and Orcas by Mike Bennett Lumbering Along Shasta County by Mike Bennett Moose Crossing in Glacier Park by Mike Bennett
Moose Lodge with Float Plane by Mike Bennett Moose Lodge by Mike Bennett Mourning Cloak by Mike Bennett
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Moose Lodge with Float Plane by Mike Bennett Moose Lodge by Mike Bennett Mourning Cloak by Mike Bennett
Moose Lodge with Float Plane by Mike Bennett Moose Lodge by Mike Bennett Mourning Cloak by Mike Bennett
   
 
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For half of his professional art career, he has taught art for the Yucaipa/Calimesa School District and has earned many educational awards and was awarded a California League of Middle School Educator of the Year Award.