Mark’s journey into the world of creative arts started 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. While mostly self-taught, Mark took a series of classes at the Creative Arts Group, Sierra Madre, CA, under Joe Stoddard, as well as seminars with Robert Burridge and Marciano Martinez. Along the way, Mark has been influenced by the work of two controlled pouring advocates: Bette Ridgeway and Ibrahim Bassmi.
Mark’s dynamic work blurs the distinction between alcohol ink and watercolor working with dyes, inks, liquid acrylic, liquid watercolor, and other aqueous media; lately, he has been incorporating metallic watercolor and pearlescent ink to his work. He has used canvas, synthetic Yupo™ paper, Yasutomo Mineral Paper, and various watercolor papers.
His work has both dynamic and passive qualities. While the colors may be aggressively administered, little attempt is made to control the flow or interactions – save the application of masking fluid. While the bulk of Mark’s work is abstract, he does some occasional representational works to ‘cleanse the palette.’
‘Two Birds’ and ‘Stormy’ took part in the month-long Spring Expressions Exhibit sponsored by The Exhibiting Society of Artists at the Carrollwood Cultural Center, in Tampa, FL.
‘Two Birds,’ was selected for the 12 12 Gallery’s Manchester National Juried Fine Art Exhibition, in Richmond, VA. 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.
‘Toucan,’ ‘Blue Nova,’ and ‘Blue Flash’ - were juried into the Richeson 75: Small Works Competition, sponsored by the Richeson School of Art & Gallery in Kimberly, WI.
‘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, in Pasadena, CA.
‘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.