Mark enjoys painting the moods of our everyday world,Mark Vander Vinne’s landscape oil paintings create thoughtful impressions based in a strong understanding of design, shape, tone and color all while conveying an emotional sense of place. Whether it’s the dappled light on a field, the sunset reflections on a lake, the color patterns in a rocky bluff, or the early morning winter fog, Mark enjoys painting the moods and scenes of our everyday world.
Raised in the small town of Eldridge, Iowa, Mark’s affection for the 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.
Mark graduated from the American Academy of Art in Chicago, IL, and has also taken workshops with master artists Ken Auster, Scott Christensen, and Marc Hanson. Like his teachers, Mark has a desire to inspire others through his own workshops, sharing his knowledge and passion for art. His paintings have been featured in numerous solo & group exhibitions as well as plein air events and private collections. Most recently he was awarded 2nd place in the Riverfront Category at the “Bluff Strokes Plein Air” event in Dubuque, Iowa. He currently resides with his family in Porter, Indiana near the Indiana National Lakeshore.