Mark Clark

Although I had been steadily drawing since I was 6 years old, it wasn’t until I was 13 years old when I began to cultivate a surrealistic, psychedelic style that was being influenced by the likes of Peter Max, Alphonse Mucha, Maxfield Parrish, HR Giger, Frank Frazetta, David Hamilton, and Roger Dean.  And it is no coincidence that it was at that age when I began to immerse myself within the 1970’s suburban, hippy counterculture where rock-n-roll and smoking marijuana was a philosophical and spiritual way of life.  Having said that, it should be noted that my dedication to being a pot smoking hippy didn’t keep me from passionately pursuing artistic creations that included drawing, painting, wood carving, clay sculpting, pottery, and photography; most of which was self-taught.

Some of my disciplined and acute detailed approach to art no doubt came from my formal education in Architectural, Mechanical, and Electrical Design Drafting Technology, as well as in Multimedia.  And then,  it was  when  I began to educate myself in the areas of science, religion, history, and politics that I began to develop a holistic personal philosophy that I refer to as Panthedeism (better known as Pan deism); a situation within which I found authentic spiritual freedom.  It occurs to me that it was my having achieved the clarity of authentic spiritual freedom that led to my need to share that experience by way of my artistic abilities. For me, my drawing “A Garden For Darwin’s Daughter “ is a perfect expression of, not only my artistic being, but of how I see the reality of the Universe.  “A Garden For Darwin’s Daughter “ was ten years in the making and took me over 2,800 hours under a magnifying glass to complete.  And it was this drawing that set me on a path that I am still on to this day five years after I had first shared it with the world at the 2012 Seattle Erotic Art Festival.

Today, in addition to being many other things, I am an artist in residence and member the Rachana Community (Stewards of the Longhouse Spiritual Sanctuary in Redmond WA) where, in collaboration with other members,  I have created some of my largest sculptures made of brick, dirt, cement, rebar, and chicken wire.