Everything has a meaning for Mike. He's dedicated to service and his pain has become his purpose. He bravely expresses his story, personal feelings and truth with others, to help others.
Michael Armstrong is a benevolent figurative artist, painter, art photographer and veteran who is passionate about the human form and humankind. He is a highly trained figurative artist with a passion for creating unique, meaningful and inspiring pieces. Armstrong aims to convey a deep inner emotional expression through his work rather than only describing the external form. He creates emotive allegories based on themes of love, loss, pain, shame and hope. His contemporary works draw on real-life situations, a wealth of literary sources as well as intensely personal, psychological symbolism.
Mike supports veteran health through art, movement and connection in his community in Canberra. He creates art to explore his and others experiences. Mike created Voices of Veterans in 2021 – an award winning art photography collection that uses molasses as a metaphor for many veterans living with PTSD. He has studied martial arts for most of his life and holds black belts in several arts, including Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ).
Mikes’ contribution to community through art and movement is outstanding. He has successfully supported multiple Australians to reach out and take the necessary steps toward a better life after service. In 2023, Mike was awarded the UniSQ Alumni Community Service Award. His companion dog Squish, serves Mike everywhere he goes.
Read his complete bio on his website at michaelarmstrong.com.au