ABOUT THE ARTIST - Mike Helsabeck
It’s safe to say no one predicted Mike Helsabeck would become the most talked about artist in North Carolina. In the three short years since he first picked up a paintbrush, Helsabeck has accomplished more than most artists do in a lifetime. In addition to being selected for the cover of the NCWRC 25th Anniversary calendar- his 2nd consecutive appearance on the cover- Helsabeck was also chosen for the second straight year as NC Duck’s Unlimited’s Artist of the Year for 2007. His wildlife works have helped to raise money for The NC Wildlife Habitat Fund, The National Wild Turkey Federation and NC Waterfowl and his paintings have been featured by the outdoor retail giant Bass Pro Shops. Add to that the television appearances, features in magazines and newspapers from all over the state and being selected to paint the GMA’s 100th anniversary painting of Greensboro, and you can see why some are already comparing him to fellow Lexingtonian Bob Timberlake.
Born in High Point, Helsabeck has lived most of his life in NC’s Barbecue Capital. A graduate of ASU, Mike “retired” from the radio industry in 2004 to focus on his newly discovered artistic abilities. Although he’s flattered by the honors he’s received, Helsabeck gives most of the credit to his wife Laurie. This Tar Heel native is extremely proud he’s been able to represent his home town and the great state of NC, but his real pride comes in the form of his two children, Andrew and Madelyn.