Photo gallery: From the Grounds Up
Steven Mikel is an artist living in Coconut Creek. Mikel creates watercolors using paint he’s made from coffee—leftover morning joe that would otherwise be thrown out.
In 2008, Mikel began painting exclusively with coffee, branding it as “Dark Roast Watercolors,” with the tagline, “Realism from a Different Point of View.” Collectors wait for him to complete his next work (his paintings sell for about $3,500 each) and his art is exhibited and sold in fine art galleries in Florida, Georgia and North Carolina.
There are millions of people who paint with watercolors and millions more who paint with oils,” he says. “I paint with coffee. But what sets one artist apart from another isn’t what they paint with, but their particular vision.”