California native, Mark Henson has been a full-time artist all his life. A graduate of the University of California, Davis, 1973, Mark is an oil painter who also works digitally and proficiently in wood and metal. Exhibited internationally and throughout the internet, Mark has also partnered in cooperative galleries.
For years, Mark curated the Art Village at California Health & Harmony Festival and was one of the first artists to “live paint” at gatherings and music festivals. Mark still occasionally paints publicly and gives lectures and workshops worldwide.
”My art tends to be somewhat narrative- I like to tell a story or show a state of emotion or consciousness with my images. I often begin with some sort of idea or theme. This theme might be suggested by anything at all, or may just drift into the consciousness of an artistic inspiration during my day. I am often asked if I receive these images while dreaming asleep. Sometimes they do come in dreams, but usually they are found floating around in my mind, just waiting to be noticed.
While I tend to be a down-to -earth person, when activating my creative energies I begin by looking deeply within myself, and seek to express what I may find waiting there. My sincere wish is to tap into the Divine Source of Being, to Consciousness, to Spirit, or whatever you may call it- that place where existence comes from, and to bring into visual reality images manifesting the knowledge revealed while in this presence. Strangely enough, I have discovered that the more intensely personal my vision is, the more widely it resonates when presented to the world”. – Mark Henson