For Mark nothing beats painting on location, “I get to feel the cold, the heat, the insectsand sometimes struggle to understand and convey into my art what nature has to offer a blank canvas.”
Early introduction towards art training was during time spent at sea. As a Royal Navy ships Photographer, Mark spent many hours recording daily events. This helped lay the technical ground work for progression into fine art. He has now been painting on a consistent basis for over 20 years and professionally, full time, for 10 years.
Mark works in all mediums. Painting nature in all it’s varied forms is his main inspiration. He travels extensively to Canada’s many National Parks and wilderness areas, this is where he finds endless visual and spiritual inspiration to paint. “I want to light up the eyes of Canadians, to awaken them to this wonderful land, to bring the wilderness home.”
While Mark appreciates the art, goals and aspirations of pioneer Canadian Landscape Painters like Tom Thomson and the Group of seven, he envisions a present and future movement in Canadian Landscape tradition that brings Canadian’s back in touch with the land that defines and sustains them.
Mark has been involved in many shows and also owns and operates his studio, full time, in Whitehill, Pictou County, Nova Scotia. He is represented by Lyghtesome Gallery in Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Art Sales and Rental Society at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia in Halifax, Details Gallery in Charlottetown PEI and Clarus Gallery of Toronto.
Mark is a past member of VANS (Visual Arts Nova Scotia) and a current member of GAPACC (Guysborough, Antigonish, Pictou Arts and Culture Council) and has achieved juried ACTIVE status in the Federation of Canadian Artists. His work can be found in private and corporate collections throughout North America.