Mark Howard

For the past few years my artistic endeavors have involved woodworking using various

techniques and making whatever came to mind such as carving, turning stacked segmented tulip shaped vases and bracelets, constructing small boxes, turning bracelets along with making rings, earrings, necklaces, mosaics, lamps and good old cutting boards.

 

A lot of wood that I use are scraps from previous projects.

For example the beads used in making necklaces and earrings

were small pieces that I made into various shaped beads leftover from making bracelets.

 

As any artist /craftsperson will tell you, the process of making things can become a lifelong journey of exploration and problem solving. I like to think of the objects that I make are artifacts of my exploration into that

wonderful world of creating. I believe sharing art with others is the most important role that art has next to providing artists with their “Own private Idaho”.

 

In the past I studied painting at The Art Institute of Boston, Printmaking

and Drawing at CSU along with art history of early cultures like Pre Colombian and Bronze Age Aegean. I finally received my M.F.A. in drawing from

C.S.U. in 2004.

 

I began working with encaustic combined with other mediums in my

Masters program in drawing.

 

My inspiration was based in various

prehistoric art of shamanic cultures and the importance of imagery in rituals and recording of spiritual concepts. Thematically I used the axis mundi

or vertical line which symbolizes the connection of earth to heaven in a series which became my Masters thesis show.

Shamans were the axis mundi in a sense for their community as they

were healers, teachers and usually in charge of ritual events. Shamans commonly had a large staff or stick embellished with carved images

and/ or designs which represented the axis mundi.

 

Drawing is critical in the process for every piece that I make particularly in the design / ideation phase. Frequently during the actual making I will use drawing to clarify something which wasn’t considered during the“design phase”.

 

For me Drawing is the most immediate manner one can use to convey an idea.

I spent a couple decades in residential construction where many

projects needed some degree of architectural design. Drawing and sketching were invaluable when conveying concepts and designs to customers as well as providing detailed plans to follow in constructing and addition or cabinet.

 

While studying printmaking at C.S.U. I realized that making art can take a lot of time , effort and a commitment to doing the best one can regardless of the

medium. This attitude has helped me forge ahead on many woodworking projects and has taught me to be more patient in completing works.

 

Art has been a lifelong endeavor for me. I enjoy the time spent solving problems and look forward to sharing my art with others

Thank you for taking a moment to learn about me.

 

Woden Box
Wooden Board
Wooden Box
Wooden Box
Wood Art
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Wooden Bowl