My work is about my lifelong passion for and connection to nature. To convey the sense of mystery I find hidden there, I use it’s colors, shapes, textures, and shadows as elements in my paintings.
Although seemingly chaotic, nature has it’s own structure. My response to nature’s movement and energy as well as it’s structure is what connects and grounds me.
In the process of creating these artworks I recapture my original response to all that my world has to offer visually as well as emotionally. It is this wonder and beauty I want the viewer to see.
I was raised in Michigan where I began drawing and painting at an early age. I attended the University of Michigan, graduating with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Design. I moved to the west coast that year to attend the University of Washington in Seattle, completing my Master of Fine Arts Degree. My thesis work was figure painting, with an emphasis in oils.
Since completing my graduate studies, I have exhibited my work extensively in Michigan, Washington, British Columbia and California. I won Fourth Place in the Mixed Media category at the California Works exhibition in Sacramento. My paintings, drawings, sculpture and handmade paper pieces are in private collections and public buildings throughout the west.
For about ten years, I managed several arts organizations in British Columbia and California, including Sun Gallery in Hayward. Currently, I am developing my art career in my studio in Oakland, California.
I also operate my own business producing custom fine art for a variety of private and business clients. Real estate developers, facility planners and interior designers have appreciated my flexibility, experience and professionalism. For my private clients, I provide custom fine art in a variety of media.
UPDATE: Mark is now represented by Laguna Gallery of Contemporary Art, Laguna Beach, California and Xanadu Studios, the online service for Xanadu Galleries in Scottsdale, Arizona