Mark Shasha is an award-winning artist, author and educator from Swampscott, Massachusetts. His oil paintings evoke passion for the alluring and mysterious scenes in nature that capture his eye, whether they be a coastline, shadow or intimate corner. Shasha enjoys painting the textures and light play of nature, which he approaches in a traditional style, blending oil painting techniques of 19th and 20th century masters.
A life-long artist with a degree from the Rhode Island School of Design, Mark’s early years were marked by success as a notable children’s book author and illustrator. He is an elected member of the Salmagundi Club, The Copley Society, The Guild of Boston Artists and other venerable art institutions. His paintings consistently earn national recognition and awards, with the most recent highlights being the 2018 Plein Air Easton Artist’s Choice Award, Oil Painters of America Award of Excellence, and the Alden Bryan Memorial Award for Excellence in Landscape Painting (awarded to Shasha twice in one year).
When he’s not painting, Mark can frequently be seen on a stage, in performances which have included a starring role as Willy Wonka and “Art Up!”, a multi-media presentation he created around the enduring liberating ideas of the Renaissance.
Artist's Choice Award, 2018 Plein Air Easton
Honorable Mention, 2018 Plein Air Easton
Quick Draw Honorable Mention, 2018 Paint Grand Traverse
Joan Van Roden Memorial Award - Beaches of Cape Ann, 2018 Cape Ann Plein Air
Award of Excellence, 2018 Oil Painters of America Plein Air Competition
Best Plein Air Award, Spring 2017 Plein Air Salon
Recent Plein Air Events:
2018 Cape Ann Plein Air
2018 EnPleinAir Texas
2018 Paint Grand Traverse
2018 Easton Plein Air Festival
2018 Forgotten Coast En Plein Air
Mark is also confirmed for 2019 Forgotten Coast En Plein Air (taking place in May) and 2019 Easton Plein Air Festival (taking place in July).