Mark began pursuing watercolor painting in 2000. He has had watercolors accepted in the San Diego Watercolor Society International Annual Exhibition and the Watercolor West Annual Exhibition. He is a Member of Mid-Valley Arts League and serves as their President from 2008-2010. He is a juried member of the Pasadena Society of Artists, Valley Watercolor Society and Watercolor West.
In 2003, Mark launched Fine Artists Factory (FAF), a 5000 sq.ft. drawing & painting studio, to support fellow fine artists, and to individually pursue his own fine art career. During the fours years FAF was in Pasadena, Mark curated over 60 gallery exhibitions and hosted more than 20 workshops with such artists as; Scott Burdick, Dan Goozeé, Craig Srebnik, Charles Reid, Eric Wiegardt, Ted Nuttall, Frank Webb, Robert Burridge and Betsy Dillard Stroud.
Mark develop his drawing skills through weekly figure sessions hosted by FAF. Recently he has been working in acrylic creating colorful figurative paintings that have a distinctive stylistic approach.
A native Californian, Mark spent his grade school years in Napa and Thousand Oaks. He completed high school and Junior College in Michigan before returning to California. Mark has a BFA in Graphics/Packaging from Art Center College of Design '77. He has directed Mark Wood Design Office for over 25 years, creating branding and marketing communication materials. For the past 30 years he has resided in the San Gabriel Valley with his wife and two daughters.
Dramatic bold use of color is what excites me. I'm a colorist. The creative use of color makes a painting interesting every time you look at it. Depicting realism and local color is a secondary concern, which makes my work more stylized rather than representational. I'm interested in creating upbeat joyful feelings with my art.
Whether the subject is figurative, landscape, or still life, color is what establishes interest. Acrylic is the medium that allows me to accomplish my goals as a colorist. I work on canvas paper, watercolor paper and stretched canvas, starting with a warmly tinted gesso foundation.
When creating figurative work, I enjoy working from a live model, typically in 3 hour sessions. This helps me work rapidly keeping the paintings more spontaneous and fresh looking. If possible the painting is completed during the first session. Occasionally final touches may need to be added later.
Influences in my art are Matisse and Fauvism, the Scottish Colourists, the Bay Area Figurative Artists, and the Society of Six: California Colorists.
2009 Pomona Valley Art Association, 28th Annual Open Exhibition, 1st Acrylic Category, (Juried)
2009 Pasadena Society of Artists, 84th Annual Exhibition, VIVA Gallery, (Juried)
2009 San Gabriel Fine Arts Association, Annual Spring Show, 3rd Structures/Mechanical
2009 Mid-Valley Arts League, 56th Annual Exhibition, Best of Show, 3rd Genre
2008 Pasadena Society of Artists, Holiday Exhibition, VIVA Gallery, Honorable Mention, (Juried)
2008 Southern CA Artists Association (Laguna Beach), Modern Landscape Exhibition, (Juried)
2008 Festival of Authors, Duarte, CA, Featured Local Artist (Invitation)
2008 VIVA Gallery, "My Way", (Juried)
2008 Southern CA Artists Association (Laguna Beach), Go Figure Exhibition, 1st, (Juried)
2007 San Gabriel Fine Arts Association, Annual Fall Show, 3rd Figure
2007 VIVA Gallery, "A Taste of Color", (Juried)
2007 DCA/Open Call LA 2007 @ Barnsdall Park
2007 Pasadena Society of Artists, 82nd Annual Exhibition, VIVA Gallery, (Juried)
2007 San Gabriel Fine Arts Association, Annual Spring Show, 1st Seascape
2007 Mid-Valley Arts League, Annual Exhibition, 3rd Genre
2004 Pasadena Society of Artists Exhibition, Whites Gallery, (Juried)
2003 MountainSide Gallery (Monrovia), Miniature Invitational, (Juried)
2002 Watercolor West XXXIV, (Juried)
2002 San Diego Watercolor Society, 22th International Exhibition, (Juried)
2002 Mid-Valley Arts League, Annual Exhibition, 2nd Genre, Honorable Mention
2002 Pasadena Presbyterian 27th Annual Art Show, 2nd Genre, 3rd Still Life, (Juried)
2001 Mid-Valley Arts League Annual Exhibition, 1st Still Life
2000 Pasadena Presbyterian 26th Annual Art Show, (Juried)
Mid-Valley Arts League, Temple City, President 2008-2010
Valley Watercolor Society, Juried Member Since 2007
Pasadena Society of Artists, Juried Member Since 2004
Watercolor West, Juried Member Since 2002
San Gabriel Fine Arts Association
Patron Memberships: California Art Club, National Watercolor Society
2006 Charles Reid Workshops (Figurative & Still Life)
2003 Robert Burridge Workshop / Eric Wiegardt Workshop
2002 Milford Zornes & Henry Fukuhara Workshop / George James Workshop
1996-2002 Chris VanWinkle (Citrus College)
1973-1977 Art Center College of Design, BFA Graphics/Packaging
2008 Studio2310, Co-Founder
2002/2006 Fine Artists Factory, Owner (www.fineartistsfactory.com)
1980/Current Mark Wood Design Office, Owner
1977-1979 Max Factor, Package Designer