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Mark’s Art Page

Visual art came to me more or less at the same time as writing: in kindergarten. I drew pretty damned well for that age, and I wrote my first short story (“The Giant Eye” — the tale of an eye with bat-like wings. And just what had you thought a child of five would write?) before the year was out. Yet the pull toward writing was greater, and I did not pursue art study or anything more than doodles for nearly 35 years. Then I picked up a pencil, looked at a photograph, and sketched its figure.

I was sort of hooked, and began to create some pieces that came from my visual experience of dreams, writing, word-text sensibilities, and love for color and texture. Art still takes a back burner to writing, as both consume large amounts of time. I find catharsis in creation, and when words have taken their run at the end of a day, or just won’t work, I take up pencil or brush – or scissors and print media – to see what comes of the process.

Below you’ll find some of my work, formatted so you can see (click!) the full image in some close-up clarity as well as the sort-of art book sample.

Nude #1

Nude #1

1997

(5 x 7, charcoal pencil on paper)
Bananas Before Bedtime

Bananas Before Bedtime

2005

(24 x 48, acrylic on canvas)

Earth

Earth Study

2005

(18 x 24, acrylic on canvas)

Elipses #1

Elipses #1

2004

(14 x 18, acrylic, pen & marker on canvas)

Elipses #2

Elipses #2

2004

(14 x 18, acrylic, pen & marker on canvas)

The Last Man 2

The Last Frame

2004

(62 x 89, latex on canvas)

Pause

Pause

2003

(48 x 48, newsprint, paper and latex on canvas)

Disquieted Musings

Disquieted Musings

2005

(14 x 18, newsprint and acrylic on canvas)


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