Mark has drawn and painted since he was a child. After taking many art courses in high school on Cape Cod Massachusetts, Mark attended Brandeis University earning a BA with highest honors in fine arts. At the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Mark received an MLA, Masters in Landscape Architecture, which merged his love of the natural world with his artistic skills. Early influences include the painters Paul Georges, Paul Brown, and sculptor Peter Grippe. After receiving his Master’s Degree in Landscape Architecture in 1984, Mark came to California in 1985 to work in the profession at an internationally acclaimed design firm in Laguna Beach.
Mark continued to sketch and draw illustrations for his design projects, then renewed his passion for art by attending life drawing sessions at the Laguna College of Art. Mark also attended painting workshops in Laguna Beach and Taos.
Mark has exhibited in several galleries in Laguna Beach, Newport Beach, Palm Desert, and Montecito. He has been an Exhibitor at the prestigious Festival of Arts in Laguna Beach, California from 2000-2012 and 2014-2017. Frequently requested, Mark has presented many artist demonstrations for diverse groups including Saddleback Art Association, San Clemente Art Association, Cal Poly SLO LaBash, BrightView Design Group and others.
Corporate collectors include Hyatt Resort, Irvine Company, Irvine Apartment Communities, Pelican Hill Resort, Peralta Partners, McDermott, Will and Emery, Transtar, Corrigan Law, Coffee Architects, Broadcom, Avalon Bay Company, and Union Bank. His work is held by numerous private collectors.
Mark’s profession as a landscape architect influences his artistic vision. He says landscape architecture and painting have much in common – one is painting the landscape with paint on a canvas, while the other is painting with landscape with plants on the land. Painting subjects are primarily beaches and coastline views, roadways and alleys, agrarian scenes, deserts, city scenes, and vernacular landscapes with figures. He paints in an ‘allaprima’ plein-air style with strong contrast and loose spontaneous brushwork. He is equally comfortable with oils or acrylics. Mark paints primarily in the studio using his own photo references.
Current membership includes
Laguna Plein Air Painters Association, and the American Society of Landscape Architects.
Current representation includes:
Festival of Arts, Laguna Beach, CA
Studio 7 Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA
Portico Gallery, Montecito, CA.
1. DESCRIPTION OF CREATIVE PROCESS
My inspiration is drawn from light and shade on the landscape. I am drawn to compelling compositions in everyday scenes, which are captured photographically whenever possible. While painting I refer to the image either on the I-pad screen or using a slide or photo. I use either oils or acrylics and try to work fast and loose. I work with a limited palette or canvas or panel prepare with a medium base tone. I am drawn to dynamic compositions with dramatic lighting.
2. OUTSIDE SOURCES
No outside sources. I take my own photos and refer to them while painting.
Current Gallery Representation and Exhibits
Exhibitor at the Festival of Arts in Laguna Beach, CA since 2001
Studio 7 Gallery, Laguna Beach, California
Portico Gallery, Montecito, California