Remember waking up on a cold December morning and peeking out your window as a child, and to your delight, a perfect blanket of white snow has completely enveloped your little landscape? “Snow changes the outlook on things,” and that is something that intrigues Mark Rouse.
Mark loves the snow and the visual changes it creates. The effect on textures, colors, and seemingly the physicality of objects inspires him to create. This concept inspired a small series called “Blizzards 1, 2, 3” which will be featured in his exhibit, which is a new style for Mark; he will be removing his digital elements and focusing solely on acrylics. “This is going to be a different way of looking at [my art for] people who know my work. [Like the blizzard of ‘78, these paintings will be] almost entirely white and the images are going to be textured. The texture will give a clue as to what they are a picture of.”
Mark’s signature mixed media style will also be included. A digital painting/mixed media method was his solution to continue creating while he was declared legally blind. When his vision recovered after years of specialty care, Mark made a point to change his creative focus. “Instead of aiming mostly for things that people hadn’t seen before, I want people to see what I love. The mixed media that I do allows me to do that relatively quickly.”
See the full exhibit "Snow Globe" in the Stephenson House Wednesday-Friday 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Meet Mark at his free public reception on Saturday, December 17th from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the Stephenson House on Nickel Plate Arts campus.
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