Guntersville native Michael Banks has been a well-renowned artist for more than two decades. Once a high school football star, graduating from Guntersville High School in 1991, he turned his passion for creativity into more than just a hobby.
Banks’ beloved mother encouraged her young son to draw and paint, something he loved to do until her untimely death in 1992. His art took a backseat to his grief, when he spent five years struggling with depression and alcohol addiction. Finally in 1997, he drew inspiration from the encouragement his mother had provided him and began painting once again.
Banks experiments with various techniques combining objects he finds, as well as building materials and more traditional artist’s materials. He developed a style using roofing tar for an undercoating on wood.
With many accolades already under his belt, his most recent awards come in the form of back-to-back first place finishes at the Arts Alive Festival in Florence and the Outdoor Art Show in Fairhope earlier this year.
Upcoming southeast shows for Banks include the Bluff Park Art Show in Hoover, Kentuck Festival of the Arts in Northport, Finster Fest in Summerville, Georgia.