“Outside & Inside : Studio & En Plein Air Paintings”
The Chesterton Art Center will be showing the works of Porter artist Mark VanderVinne from October 1 through October 31. Mark works in pastel and oils, and will be primarily showing landscapes in oil. Mark works both in the studio as well outdoors on location.
During the day, Mark works as an art director. Even though advertising can be creative at times, it hasn’t filled his need for self expression. So, nearly 15 years ago, he took to his art again and hasn’t stopped since. With an insatiable need to learn and grow, he continues to further his education and abilities through workshops, videos, books, blogs, magazines and in teaching his own workshops and classes.
“I create studio and en plein air paintings that capture the changing light, seasons and moods of nature. In my paintings, I strive to convey my reactions and feelings through the landscape and it’s varied beauty. I endeavor to maintain an honesty to my work, through both my studio and en plein air work. I want the viewer to feel what they are seeing is a real place and they can walk right into it,” says Mark.
He is a member of the Indiana Plein Air Painters, the Hoosier Salon and the Oil Painters of America. An award winning artist, Mark has been included in several group and solo exhibits, and has work in many private collections. He is represented by Studio B Gallery in Three Oaks, MI, Cottage Row Gallery in Fish Creek, WI and The Steeple Gallery in St. John, IN. as well as The Chesterton Art Center.
Mark was born in Eldridge, IA, just north of the Quad Cities and has always seemed to have a fondness for the rolling hills and farmlands of the Mississippi Valley. He currently resides in Porter, IN with his wife, three children, three dogs and three cats.
The Opening Reception for Mark’s show will be held on Sunday, October 9 from 2-4 pm. Come down and meet Mark, and view his exceptional works in oil. The exhibit will remain in the gallery all month.