Artist's Statement
Fresh.  Flowing.  Dynamic.  Happy.  Unique.  Vibrant.  Fluid.  Sedimentary.
Emerging. Brushless.  Free.  Frozen.  Captured.  Primary.  Pollock.  Simple. Aggressive.  Zen.  Complex.  Passive.  Fearless.  Accidental.  Forceful.  Loose.
Secondary.  Statement.  Texture.  Dark. Tone.  Imagine.  Light.  Stormy.  Titles.
Density.  Yin.  Yang.  Red.  Yellow.  Blue.  Spill.  Splatter.  Pour.  Splash.  Merge.
Fire.  Pastel.  Polychromatic.  Mix.  Blend.  Huh?  Oh!  Hmmm…
Action.  Metallic.  Cartoon. Illustrate.  Bubbles.  Kandindsky.
Pencil. Layers.  Washes.  Swoosh. Shape.  Hint.  Suggestion.  Rorschach.  Ink.  Stain.  Dye.
Space.  Reaction.  Chaos.
Create.  Aqueous.  Learning.  Trial.  Excitement.  Emotion.  Interaction.  Independent.  Ridgeway.
Topology. Open.  Swirl.  Solutions.  Evolve.  Ponder.  Confluence.  Error. Alchemy.  Infinite.  Clouds.
Untraditional.  Different.  Inspiration.   Influence.
New.  Possibilities.
Enjoy!

These words have described Mark’s work and the many influences that directed him.  Mark uses the simplest palette to create complex forms.  He uses a variety of aqueous solutions – some off-the-shelf, some home-brewed – on watercolor paper, canvas or synthetic paper.

His journey into the world of creative arts started with the realization that his drawing skills needed a great deal of improvement.  But, the real inspiration came with the question, “What would Jackson Pollock’s work look like if he had used transparent water colors?”  So, it was out with the pencils, pens and brushes, and on to the pouring of various aqueous solutions.  Along the way, Mark came across the work of three advocates of controlled pouring and texture: Bette Ridgeway, Pat Dews and Ibrahim Bassmi .  This led to experimenting with larger works and the use of liquid acrylics – but still no brushes!

Today, Mark is working with dyes, inks, liquid acrylic, liquid water color and other aqueous media, and he has been incorporating a touch of metallic water colors to his work.  He has used canvas, synthetic Yupo™ paper, 300# and lighter papers.  While the bulk of Mark’s work is abstract, he does some occasional figurative work.  His work has both dynamic and passive qualities.  While the colors may be aggressively administered, little attempt is made to control the interactions – with the exception of some occasional creative masking.  

Mark’s original works were done on 140# paper in sizes ranging from 4”x6” postcards to 12”x16” sheets.  He has since worked on full sheets (22” x 30”) of paper in a variety of weights and finishes, as well as canvas in a variety of sizes.  

His works on synthetic paper offer another interesting perspective on the way liquid colors mix and interact.  Each work is allowed to evolve in its own way, and, therefore, is truly unique.

Just recently, Mark has begun working in glass with the hope of recreating some of his magic in a brand new and exciting medium.

Stay tuned!


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