“I am not interested in painting; I am not interested in making a picture.  Then what the hell am I interested in?  I must be interested in this process.”

Philip Guston

Hello Mark Beck Studio Fans,

It’s been a minute because I’ve been so busy painting for two important shows coming up.

I read this quote by American Artist Philip Guston and it immediately struck home with me.  Facing a blank canvas is exciting but it’s also daunting.

Despite my best plans, I often take a different creative path from the one I originally considered. This sets me in the direction where each painting is a wholly new experience as I try not to rely on previously acquired skills or solutions that worked for other paintings. This process can be a roller coaster ride at times; I’ve had my share of artistic meltdowns due to this.

The older I get, the more difficult painting becomes.
Yes, with expanding skills comes higher standards  – as anyone who gets closer to mastering their chosen field well knows. I’m finding it more challenging to paint because I am pushing myself artistically. Both in subject matter and materials. As you can see, my work varies from landscapes to portraits, and I wouldn’t have it any other way; fresh and original, It keeps me in the creative flow.
So…Here are my newest paintings – the love from my labor.

I hope you enjoy these paintings as much as I enjoyed the process of creating them.  And if you wish to see any of them in person, just click on the painting and it will take you to the gallery where you can schedule an appointment for viewing.



Shoot me a quick email if you’d like to know more about any of these available paintings: