Mike Wimmer was born in Muskogee, Oklahoma where he grew up like most boys: playing hard, fighting sleep, reading comic books and dreaming. “Thansks to my very active imagination handed down to me through my grandfather, I was able to chase and catch many of my dreams.” Dreams that included one day winning a body building championship, being a football star, or living the adventures of his favorite literary characters, King Arthur, Robin Hood, or a salty high seas pirateer. His art development, with the help of comic books and boy’s adventure stories, was well nourished and supplied by his parents who themselves had no knowledge or understanding of such talents. But, in their own words, “It kept him active, out of trouble and above all, quiet.” Mike Wimmer’s career started out slow but it wasn’t long before his portfolio was full and his workday busy. Most of his clients were local in the beginning but after a whirlwind tour of New York he began working more on a national scale and his work began to take on a broader audience.
Mike has illustrated many children’s book covers and is the illustrator of many children’s books. “Train Song” by Diane Siebert, “All the Places to Love” by Patricia MacLachlan, “Flight”, “One Giant Leap” “Homerun: The Story of Babe Ruth” and “Stealing Home Jackie Robinson Against the Odds” all by Robert Burleigh and “The Trial of Standing Bear” by former Governor Frank Keating are just a few of his outstanding works of art.