Mark Vander Vinne’s oil landscape paintings are based in his love for tone, composition, and the subtle interplay of color. Three artistic movements are at the foundation of his work: the Tonalists, who arranged shape and color to create musicality that evoked passion and reverence for the landscape; the Impressionists, with their idea of working from life to capture atmosphere and the essence of a scene; and the Brandywine School of Illustrators who mastered the use of composition and design to create emotion and communicate a story.
Raised in the small town in eastern Iowa, Mark’s affection for the rural landscape stems from the farms, fields and forests where he grew up. This was expanded through many travels west to see the American national parks on family vacations. Mark graduated from the American Academy of Art in Chicago, IL. He currently resides with his family and pets in Porter, Indiana near the Indiana Dunes National Park.