has truly a different approach in the detailed way in which
he works. His pencil and colour pencil work stands up to extremely
close examination, and unlike most paintings looks even better
at close quarters. Casual Observers may notice the highly
realistic representational style but get a little closer and
you will see that every hair and blade of grass is painstakingly
drawn in individual pencil strokes.
Mark's background has
shaped his approach, he was educated and subsequently worked
as a graphic artist. Mark's drawing skills are entirely self
taught and were developed before he had any formal tuition.
Although his interest in photography and the influence of
his training in graphic design and illustration have refined
his eye for image creation and composition.
Mark uses his camera to collect extensive amounts of source
material. He believes it is vital to have a trained mind and
be quick to see opportunities whilst photographing in order
to be able to find images that will make great drawings. Seeing
the image and waiting for the moment to capture an animal
in a natural pose or finding the right angles to approach
an architectural detail are crucial along with visualising
it as a finished artwork at the same time.
Mark is nostalgic for times gone by when drawing and painting followed good
draughtsmanship and were seen as vital skills for all artists.
Mark hopes his work is refreshing, and that it stands well amongst representational styles and in the contemporary
art market. His aim is for his work to last for many years as a style and as a memory of the subject.