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Artist, author, cattle breeder, olive pioneer and grape grower.

Mike Ponders unmistakable art and writing styles continue to earn him both national and international success.

Raised in Lower Hutt, New Zealand and educated at Hutt Valley High School where he first discovered he had a talent for art. However, it was not until he was in his early thirties that he took up painting seriously.

Mike is a founding member of the very successful "5 Artists" group and has assisted and encouraged new artists through tutoring night classes and weekend schools. Mike believes that his unique and individual style is due to being self-taught.

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