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"Uncontested," c.2014, is an ink/pen, on 11" x 14" canvas board piece. It is an illustration for a wonderful book of Love Poetry. I created this art piece for one of the illustrations in Rich Orth's love poetry book and this one is about his lovely and talented wife for his book, "Bloody Tis' My Valentine," c.2014.


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Heloisa Castro 02 Feb 2015

Gorgeous work!!!

Artist Reply: Thank you so much Heloisa! You are so wonderful to give me feedback on my favorite style of art....and you are such a creative and innovative artist. My best , Mark

Natalie Eckman 31 Jan 2015

I have to say I love when you use this medium. Your illustrations are so vibrant, with just black and white and little slips of color here and there. And you get to have fun looking throughout these pieces, because there is more images hidden or that just jump out. Excellent!!

Artist Reply: Thank you so much for your gracious compliment about this piece. It was created from a poem my close friend Rich Orth wrote for his last book. This is just one of two pieces I have in his book and the poem and my ink piece is entitled, Uncontested," c.2014. We have collaborated on numerous occasions: his poetry and my illustrations. Again, thanks for looking into the picture for a deeper, eclectic view of this piece. :)

Will Kirkland 30 Jan 2015

Mark: beautifully complex piece. Congratulations.

Artist Reply: Will, I am such a fan of your artwork as well as all the others who have posted to my gallery!! You have such detailed work in yours that always makes me look closer to what you have created. So, I am honored that you enjoyed viewing my special talent,.....complex, detailed, cryptic, sometimes "beautiful" art pieces. I love suing this style and need to do more of them!!

Charles Jones 30 Jan 2015

That's a lot packed in there, Mark! Looks like it's love poetry with a little ghostly verse thrown in for balance. Very nice work. :)

Artist Reply: Thanks so much Charles! Yes it is creepy poems about love by an expert in Edgar Allen Poe's works. Rich Orth is a good friend of mine, and I truly consider his love poetry, macabre though it may be, as excellent work. He challenged me to come up with one of my ink art illustrations to tell the story about his wife after she was dead.

marie-claire gallet 30 Jan 2015

Fantastic pen and ink work!!! Love the touch of green!

Artist Reply: Thank you so very much, marie-claire, for you generous compliment. This is probably one of my best ink/pen pieces. I love creating pieces which contain a great deal of detail work. This one I did for Rich and LoraLee Orth. What a support group I have at Hugs to you!! :)