Mark’s Artist Statement
Painting for me is me creating a problem and solving it…plain and simple.
While it brings a lot of satisfaction, it can also bring terror…lol.
I make art to fill a place in me that belongs only to me. A place where no one can tell me what is right, or what is wrong.
I own it. It is me, I am it.
It is the only thing in my life that I can honestly say is all me. I recognize that we are all made up of every cumulative experience we have with all things based in energy, spirituality, physicality, and emotion. Our experiences inform every aspect of us.
Tell me…what do you own that is just you?
My satisfaction doing this work is very high, and continually challenging.
Continuous exploration keeps me on the edge of my seat to keep making this work.
The nature of paint and form, of how different admixtures of paint lay on the canvas above, below, or next to each other. The pushing and pulling of roiling surfaces is thrilling;
color exhilarates me, while black, white and gray reminds me of the dynamism that is life.
I love starting paintings and never knowing where they will end up. I NEVER work with the end in mind.
I start every piece very loosely. Allowing the material to be itself. From that point I allow the work to organically lead me in the direction that wants to go. Most work tells you want it needs to be completed.
Sometimes not, that is the struggle.
The key is not overworking. Working to that place, maintaining freshness, achieving that balance and solving the problem.