Mark’s journey into the world of creative arts started with the realization that his drawing skills needed a great deal of improvement. But, the real inspiration came with the question, “What would Jackson Pollock’s work look like if he had used transparent watercolors?” So, it was out with the pencils, pens and brushes, and on to the pouring of various aqueous solutions. Along the way, Mark came across the work of two advocates of controlled pouring and texture: Bette Ridgeway and Ibrahim Bassmi . This led to experimenting with larger works and the use of liquid acrylics – but still no brushes!
Today, Mark is working with dyes, inks, liquid acrylic, liquid watercolor and other aqueous media, and he has been incorporating a touch of metallic watercolors to his work. He has used canvas, synthetic Yupo™ paper, 300# and lighter papers. While the bulk of Mark’s work is abstract, he does some occasional figurative work. His work has both dynamic and passive qualities. While the colors may be aggressively administered, little attempt is made to control the interactions – with the exception of some occasional creative masking.
EXHIBIT LIST 2008 Mark’s abstract work on synthetic paper, "Two Birds," has been selected for the 12 12 Gallery’s Manchester National Juried Fine Art Exhibition 2008. A total of 593 images from 132 artists were presented to juror, N. Elizabeth Schlatter. From this body of outstanding work, she selected 53 works from 50 artists. Show Dates: March 28, to May 4, 2008, at the 12 12 Gallery, 12 E. 12th Street, Richmond, VA 23224 “Toucan,” “Blue Nova,” and “Blue Flash” - have been juried into the Richeson 75: Small Works Competition, sponsored by the Richeson School of Art & Gallery in Kimberly, WI. It ran from April 25 through June 1, 2008 at the gallery, and was also be available on line at www.richeson75.com. 2007 “Seal” earned an Honorable Mention at the Mesquite Fine Arts Gallery’s “Lucky 13” National Small Works Exhibition & Competition, in Mesquite, NV. "Seal," "Blue Norther," and "Get My Irish Up," were selected for the juried exhibition at this year's Learning & Product Expo: Art!, at the Pasadena Conference Center. "Blue Nova," "Morning Coffee," "Necktie," and "Texture" appeared in the Upstream People Gallery's 9th Annual Abstraction Juried Online International Art Exhibition. "Stormy" was selected to appear in the Western New York Artists Group's 3rd Annual National Small Works Exhibit at the Art Dialogue Gallery, Buffalo, NY. “Morning Coffee” was juried in to the Northern California Arts, Inc. 52nd Annual International Open Exhibition, Bold Expressions at the Sacramento Fine Arts Gallery, Carmichael, CA. “Bubbles” was selected for the Alaska Watercolor Society’s 33rd Annual Juried Exhibition at the Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center, Anchorage, AK. “Blue Nova,” “Toucan,” “Goldrops,” and “Two Birds” were accepted in the Abstract EXPOsure Online Juried Exhibition. The exhibition can be seen at www.abstractexposure.com, on the Archive page. “Necktie” was accepted in to the “Driven to Abstraction” exhibit at the North Bank Gallery in Vancouver, WA.