My life and artwork revolve around my own personal experience. I am a painter, sculptor, and multimedia artist. I use energy, emotion, and a physicality in creating my artwork. I usually start out with a vague idea about the emotional impact I want the piece to have, but I rarely have any thought out plan of what the finished piece will look like. I let my intuition, body movement, and emotional state guide the piece out of my mind and onto the canvas or drawing surface. I reserve all judgment until the final stages of the piece.
I have often said that I hate painting. I mean that sometimes the process can be excruciating for me, because I am not satisfied with what the painting looks like prior to being finished. However, the last 10 or 15 minutes of the painting is the best part. In a way it is exactly like a drug. I get euphoric and excited about how it turns out. I think to myself, “That is what I was thinking”. Really, without thinking at all. I was born in Texas and moved to Colorado in 1987. I was tired of sandstorms, and I wanted to live in a place that was beautiful and green.I am a founding member of EDGE Gallery and I teach at Metro State College of Denver. I have a BFA from Texas Tech University, and a Masters Degree from The University of Denver. For the last several years I have focused on what I call conceptual abstraction. It is based on color, action, and some personal and emotional “ideas” There is usually a background and foreground, vibrant and moody colors, and an occasional ghostly image or two. I want people to make up their own minds about exactly what these images are, but I try to point the viewer in a particular direction. I want people to enjoy my artwork and to see something new in the paintings every time they view them.
Mark is a conceptual abstract artist, originally from West Texas.
BFA Texas Tech University, MFA from Denver University, Teacher/Mentor for over 35 years.