For me, often the first part of creating a work begins completely with an idea, however off the wall, followed by research and experimentation to achieve the results. Special tools are built during the process that allow for the completion of the work. Searches are made for the appropriate resources. The creative process then may lead to new discoveries and ideas that change the direction of the work. For me, the creative process has always been a process of exploration of an idea, discovery of results and implementation of those results. I began my art career in my early teens working in a small room off the back of my grandfather's house. He was an artist that made a living from making stained glass windows over a period of almost 8 decades. He started in the family stained glass business when he was 13 and continued late into his life, passing at 100 years old. He was also a painter of landscapes in oil and acrylic. We spent a lot of time discussing art and it had a great influence on me. I took up working with glass after college and found myself immersed in experimentation and the creative process. It was easy to get lost in a sea of colored glass while completing large and small commissions. Soon I had piles of scrap glass that could not be used and I began kiln working it in the early 80's before it became popular to do so. Some of my best work was derived from accidents or failures. I have carried that spirit of experimentation in my work to this day.
Mark's ArtPrize Entries
These are Mark's official ArtPrize entries from this year and past years.