He loves bright colors. Cabos’ crystal clear skies provide inspiration impressionistic art. For Mike, his art has provided him another outlet for his creativity. “I feel it’s something you can only get better at. Everything else I do, surfing, or golfing, may go downhill as I grow older. From a physical perspective, my painting won’t be affected by slowing reflexes, and as I accumulate more experiences over time, that wisdom will show through in my work.”
“A well-respected art critic once called me a Primitivist. I think that’s an appropriate term for my art. I use my intuition and create spontaneously. Sometimes a mistake will become my theme and the painting flows from there. It’s similar to a jazz musician moving into another phrase and spontaneously creating as he improvises. Also, the very atmosphere of being at land’s end keeps me energized and able to create.”
His autobiography, Morning Glass , is a book about a talented young man fortunate to have been part of the dynamic early beginnings of California surfing in the 60’s. It’s full of outrageous adventures, soul searching moments, history and downright good clean fun. It chronicles invention, spiritual growth, and the forces that brought him to Cabo; the ocean and an unquenchable thirst for clean, healthy living. Mikes’s book is a must-read for armchair adventures and fans of the era and the sport of surfing.
Married August 1993 to his lovely wife, Karen, the dynamic Doyles spend their spare time exploring Baja’s waters and camping in it’s beauty.