Art is about beauty, but it is also about learning to see our world and ourselves.
Mark Vander Vinne’s landscape oil paintings are based in tonalism with the idea of arranging shape and color within a scene to create a musicality that evokes emotion and thought. The Impressionists with their idea of capturing a scene’s essence has also influenced him,b. as well as the Brandywine School of Illustrator’s use of design, shape and value to communicate a story.
With my work, I hope a viewer discovers something, not just within the work, but within the world around us and relate that to their own life. These hopes come out of my own life. I’m exploring these questions myself in the work. Where am I going on this road called life? Which way do I turn? What beauty or moments have I missed out on or went to quickly?
Raised in the small town of Eldridge, Iowa, Mark’s affection for the rural landscape stems from the farms, fields and forests where he grew up. This was expanded through travels west to see the American national parks on family vacations. Sitting in a car for hours while looking out at the changing light and landscapes gave him the time to stop and contemplate.
Mark graduated from the American Academy of Art in Chicago, IL, and has also taken workshops with master artists Ken Auster, Scott Christensen, Marc Hanson, and Kenn Backhaus. Like his many teachers, Mark has a desire to inspire others and share his passion and knowledge of art through his own workshops. His paintings have been featured in numerous solo & group exhibitions as well as plein air events and private collections. Most recently he was awarded Merit Awards at IPAPA First Brush of Spring and the IPAPA Member’s Show, for “The Subtlety of Spring” and “Hanging On” respectively. He currently resides with his family in Porter, Indiana near the Indiana National Park.