Mark is an American born artist who earned a BFA Degree from the University of Nebraska at Omaha and completed a one-year Art Studies Programme at Manchester College of Art and Design in England. He studied with the great and under-appreciated sculptor, Sidney ‘Buz’ Buchanan in Omaha and Keith Godwin, a noted sculptor in England.
As we all know in life, change is inevitable (except from a vending machine). Forgive the old joke - for Mark these changes have brought him through a complete 360 degree circle. As a young artist he faced many challenges which ultimately side tracked his career. He had to learn to navigate in the business world and face the responsibilities all of us experience bringing up a family. "I’m not complaining", Mark said, "I have enjoyed/weathered/worried through all the ups and downs. But after 35 years I have found my way back to the career I had originally enjoyed. ART!"
Mark considers himself very lucky to have been able to pick up where he left off. He wasn’t sure if he could find whatever talent he may have possessed so he started small. He's always enjoyed working in metals and had to re-teach himself how to work with steel. In 35 years, welding technologies have changed and so his learning curve was a bit daunting but he's been having fun learning new skills and recalling old ones.
Mark told himself “Fun” was going to be his key for retuning to art and creating works that illustrated that concept. He's still working primarily in metals that allow him to create abstract forms with a bit of humor and whimsy. His works tend to look organic and non-industrial which seems counter intuitive for welded steel, but he hopes his sense of enjoyment and the fun of creating these pieces comes through. Mark works out of his studio in Bluffton, SC where he's busy catching up on the lost years.
Art League of Hilton Head, Hilton Head Island, SC, exhibiting artist 2010-2014
Society of Bluffton Artists (SOBA), Bluffton SC, exhibiting artist 2011-present
Savannah Art Association (SAA) 2010-Present
Charleston Artist Guild, Charleston SC 2011-Present
Charleston Courtyard Gallery, Charleston SC, exhibiting artist 2011-2016
Maye River Gallery, Bluffton SC
Savannah Airport Gallery, Savannah GA
FINE ART CRAFT GUILD FEATURE SHOW, Art League of Hilton Head, Dec. 2012, BEST of SHOW WINNER
ART BEYOND TRADITION, Abstract Artists Show, Aug. 2013, Discovery House, Honey Horn, HHI
PUBLIC ART of the LOW COUNTRY BIENNIAL EXHIBITION 2013 at Honey Horn, Hilton Head Island
LINEAR LEITMOTIF, Two Man Show November 2014, Walter Greer Gallery, Hilton Head Island
(A celebration of the influences of Picasso and Lichtenstein)
SOJOURN SPOLETO SHOW, July 2015, Mitchell Hill Gallery, Charleston SC
ART BEYOND TRADITION, Abstract Artists Show, Oct. 2015, Discovery House, Honey Horn, HHI
UPWARDLY WALL-BILE, Kinetic Wall Sculptures, Feature Artist Show, SoBA, Bluffton SC, February 2016