MikeWebPicCroppedJust who is this ‘Sutty’ person?

My name is Mike Sutphin and I was born and raised in Roanoke, VA. In 1963 I joined the U.S. Air Force where I served for four years at both overseas and stateside locations. It was while I was in service that one of my best friends (now deceased) nicknamed me Sutty… and that is how I sign all of my paintings… in honor of that friendship that remained strong for more than fifty years.

In 1967 I was hired by an agency of the Department of Defense and for the next 33 years I served as an analyst and manager, retiring in October of 2000. In September of 2001, just after 9/11, I was asked to return to the agency for a few months to provide assistance during the initial days of the crisis. I later served the agency as an independent consultant for an additional 20 months.

I am now fully retired and happily married to my best friend Lu. She is a retired registered nurse and a true artist in her own right. Much of her work may be seen in her galleries on this site.

Life is full of surprises. I never dreamed that I would be able to pick up a brush and paint a landscape. Had it not been for Lu, I would never have tried. She inspired and encouraged me… somehow she knew I had what it takes, and for that I will always be grateful. It changed my life for the better.

In addition to painting, I enjoy motorcycle riding, genealogy, and a variety of outdoor activities. I also enjoy consulting with Lu as she designs her custom made jewelry.

We live just outside of Libertytown, MD. I have one Daughter, Amanda… and two Step-sons, Steven and Matthew.

I hope you enjoy looking at my artwork as much as I enjoy creating it…