ABOUT ME

Passionate About Inspiring Others

What is an artist? While labels are defining and can be helpful, they are also limiting. I prefer to think in terms of limitless possibilities.

I’ve been drawing and painting since I was a child. My mother was an artist. A very talented woman that would put us to bed and then take out her art supplies and paint well into the night. She created many works of art and traveled around the art show circuit selling her paintings. Her influence on me was inspiring.

When I was older I realized I always had a desire to create things since a very young age. I liked to take things apart just to see how they were made and try to find a better way to build them.

In high school I took mechanical engineering classes and found that my talents were not just limited to drawing and painting, but I could apply my imagination to almost anything. I have a real passion for learning, about anything and everything.

Despite signing up for engineering classes at a local college, I decided to pursue my love of music and joined a band that traveled all over the country. Yet, I still loved art.

While there was a long time of touring and playing music, I also started painting people and pet portraits besides playing music. I found I could make a living doing this so I joined up with my mother and together we shared an art studio where we both created and went to art shows together. I found a niche in wildlife art. My father’s influence on me nurtured that love of nature and it was the perfect subject matter for my early works.

While I still love painting wildlife, I was becoming frustrated with the expectations that came along with the label of being a “wildlife artist” so I branched out into other subjects and mediums. I went back to painting portraits and also started painting murals on cars and bikes. Eventually I painted large murals in home and for businesses, and also sculpted 3D artificial land forms to create dioramas for museums. I've written and illustrated books, and still continue to do so. Doing all these different, creative things kept my imagination satisfied.

I’m also an inventor, musician, writer, amateur astronomer, husband and father. All those things are labels and while I am those things, I am so much more. They all work together helping me see the world as a very beautiful and interesting place filled with unending possibilities. My varied interests and hobbies fed my imagination which led me to a wide variety of pursuits that allowed me to fulfill my purpose.

I have a habitual need to create…something, anything. No matter what I'm designing, building, sculpting or painting, playing or writing music, or writing blogs or books, it’s all part of the creative process as an outlet for my imagination...which is all just a part of the things I use in fulfilling my purpose inspiring others. 

You can see more of my creative endeavors and imaginative pursuits on these pages...

My Art GalleriesAstronomy & Music

Contact

5503 Gordon St

Weston Wisconsin 54476

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Tel: 715-619-8023

Fax: 715-359-3287

markm@the-artist-within.com

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