I’ve been fortunate to make my living solely as an artist for more than thirty five years. The beauty of the American landscapes is endlessly inspiring to me. Beauty and a refined quality in paintings is important to me, both in the materials I select (high quality pigments and canvas, linen and frames) as well as the unique method I use to apply oil paint to surfaces.
I was born in New Mexico and consider this my home however each year I travel to the coasts to paint and photograph what inspires me.
Living in the high desert of New Mexico has also taught me about light and informed my paintings with a depth of solitude and tranquility. The unique cultures here, steeped in history, inspire and fascinate me.
My subject matter will continue to develop from my urge to reconcile the lush, radiant images of Manifest Destiny, which caught my eye as a young artist, and the more sober visions of current American culture and politics. I love the immense beauty which always surrounds us and continue to be inspired by the everyday lives of working people.
Mark Beck 2020