Mark Bowles was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area and has painted all of his life. His passion for interpreting what he saw brought him to his studies at the California College of Arts & Crafts. There he completed his studies with honors. In addition, he studied at the Institudio Allende in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. It is this dedication and passion for his art that has allowed his work to grow and move forward and stay fresh. His work is presently collected and shown nationally.
Whether he is working with a still life, the human figure, or landscape, he is always fascinated by texture, form and color which he uses in expressing how he feels about what he is seeing. Mark does not limit himself in what he paints or how he might interpret what he sees. This freedom allows his work to move from representational to minimalist to abstraction. His work is ever changing, ever challenging and always a passionate delight. It is always his intention to address the canvas directly, honestly, and boldly. His heart is always pushing his work to find new language in expressing what he sees and how he feels about it. "The result, therefore, is not just an intellectual exercise for me, it is being involved in the 'Now……….always open for change and challenge ……..always evolving.'"
Exploring color, composition, the quality and altitude of a line, as well as various materials always fascinates and are tools for him. It is his goal to draw the viewer into his space and let them become involved in their own personal journey and discovery of the work. Mark explains "the ultimate reward for me is to communicate something new to the viewer even if for just a moment in time."
"Painting is my commitment, my passion and my fulfillment."
"I am honored by those who find inspiration from my work."