Mark E Mehaffey, painter
During the time I have been painting (over fifty years) my interest in the act of painting has never waned. However, the content of my work and my technical abilities are constantly evolving. This state of change is something that all artists embrace. It is through challenge that growth occurs. To be timid, safe, complacent or overly satisfied does not push the boundaries of creativity.
As tangents occur in my life, they also occur in my work. I allow myself the freedom to follow my tangents. I find myself dreaming of mists, clouds, rain and water. My brush seems to take on a life of its own as I express the feeling of a summer storm or fishing in the shallows. In my non-objective work, I work to evoke strong feelings from a viewer by manipulating the elements of composition. Can line, color, shape and value be juxtaposed to have the same emotional impact as a thunderstorm?
Art is a communication – a dialogue between artist and viewer. It is my hope to open and maintain that dialog. And I hope the viewer will be as involved as I am.
Mark has won major awards in juried exhibitions across the country. His paintings are included in corporate, public and private collections. Mark has been a committed public school art instructor who believes our art future is with the young and is dedicated to building that vision. Mark is a popular juror, workshop instructor, and lecturer around the country and is listed in “Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers” and “Who’s Who in America”.
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