by Mark E. Mehaffey
Media: Transparent Watercolor
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Inspiration for Contemplating Mark
After all these years of haunting Museums I still am absolutely enthralled in the presence of some of the Art work I see. This day I was visiting the Los Angles County Museum of Art. I rounded a corner to see this young lady in tears as she sat viewing this large Mark Rothko painting. Mark Rothko is a favorite, I love his use of simplified forms and the monumental impact that his work conveys, it is at times, breath taking. Evidently this young lady felt the same way I did…she sat and silently wept, giving me time to absorb both the emotion of viewing the painting and being able to also include the emotion of her viewing that same painting. To give the viewer just a clue to what is happening I’ve included that one piece of tissue lying beside her.
Nationally recognized artist Mark E. Mehaffey is a signature member of the American Watercolor Society-Dollphin Fellow, the National Watercolor Society, Transparent Watercolor Society of America-master status, Watercolor West, Watercolor USA Honor Society and the Rocky Mountain Water Media Society, among others. Mehaffey has won major awards in juried exhibitions across the country including the Beverly Green Memorial Purchase Award from the National Watercolor Society. The Silver Medal of Honor and The Arches Paper Company Award from the American Watercolor Society, the M. Grumbacher Gold Medal from Allied Artists of America, the Skyledge Award from the National Transparent Watercolor Society of America and the Ruth Rosenau Silver Medallion from the Adirondacks National exhibition of American watercolors. In 2010 Mark was invited to participate and was given an award in the Shanghai Zhujiajiao Biennial in Shanghai China. Mehaffey’s work has appeared in many publications; most recently in The Best of Watercolor, Splash 5-The Glory of Color, Splash 10-Passionate Brush Strokes, Places in Watercolor and as a featured artist in Creative Watercolor-a step by step guide and showcase, Rockport publisher and Creative Composition and Design by Pat Dews. Mehaffey’s paintings are included in corporate, public and private collections including Blue Cross Blue Shield, Arthur Anderson Co., The Arches Paper Co. USA, the permanent collection of transparent watercolors at the Neville Public Museum, Green Bay Wisconsin and the permanent collection of the Muskegon Museum of Art, Muskegon, Michigan. Mark is a retired public school Art instructor who believes our art future is with the young and is dedicated to building that vision. He is a popular juror and gives workshops and lectures around the country. Mark’s first watercolor book, ”Creative Watercolor Workshop” released summer of 2005 and his videos, “ Build Design and Color Using a Mouth Atomizer” and “Paint a Dramatic Landscape” are now available. Mark is listed in “Who’s Who in America” (2001)