Mike Tabor is one of the southwest’s most respected western expressionist painters. Raised in Fort Worth, Texas, the third-generation rancher began drawing and sketching at an early age. In 1974, he began his formal training at Tarleton State University. Upon his graduation, he cowboyed around Texas working on various ranches. Mike maintains a family ranching operation in Central Texas.
Tabor has worked with clients and corporations from coast to coast, and has been spotlighted in numerous print publications. “Southwest Art” took notice of Tabor’s talent and featured him both as their 2005 artist to watch and in a 2006 issue dedicated to cowgirls. Influenced by the Pop Art movement of the 1960’s and the French impressionists, Tabor credits his modernistic approach to a continuing drive to take western themes in a new direction. While his figures remain sensual, his work has been called “Post Modern Western”. Tabor has embraced several different mediums throughout his career featuring paintings, sculptures and assemblages. What begins as concerns for light, mood, and color theory becomes intense emotional interpretation in the hands of this master.