Artist Biography

Mark was born in Westphalia, West Germany in 1962 and moved to the United States ten years later settling in central Ohio.

He has enjoyed drawing and designing from an early age. His artistic gifts began to surface while a teenager living in Madison County, Ohio. He won prizes in national competitions for High School in the early 1980's. Encouraged by these early successes, Mark has sought to learn from past as well as present masters of painting. This journey has taken him into a variety of experiences of artistic growth from studying in museums by copying original paintings of well known masters as well as learning from prominent plein air painters of today.

The inspiration to his work comes from the simple beauty of the countryside. Trees, fields, streams, flowers, rustic buildings, pastoral animals, ordinary people and children while engaged in outdoor activity are all subjects of Mark's paintings as he seeks to render the seen as well as the more elusive unseen but felt aspects of God's creation.

He is one of six artists to paint in the Ohio bicentennial project Paint Ohio in 2003. Mark and five other artists ventured into Ohio's 88 counties to explore their histories and unique places in order to be captured on canvas. The paintings were exhibited at the Ohio Historical Society as well as other venues around the state and were sold at auction in the autumn of 2003. A commemorative book was also published entitled The Land We Call Ohio.

Mark and his wife Shana have been married for 30 years and have 5 children. He lives and maintains his studio near West Jefferson, Ohio.


Brandt Roberts Gallery solo show2015
American Impressionist Society national show2015
BR Galleries solo show2014
American Impressionist Society national show2014
American Impressionist Society national show2013
Brandt Roberts Galleries solo show2013
Brandt Roberts Galleries solo show2012
Southern State Community College gp show2011
Brandt Roberts Galleries solo show2011
Ohio State Faculty Club solo show2011
Bryan Roberts Gallery solo show2010
Bryan Roberts Gallery solo show2009
Columbus Museum of Art group show2009
Bryan Roberts Gallery solo show2008
Southern State Community College gp show 2008
Clossons Gallery group show 2007
Dogwood Galleries group show2007
Bryan Roberts Gallery solo show2007
Bryan Roberts Gallery solo show2006
Bryan Roberts Gallery solo show2005
Bryan Roberts Gallery group show2005
Bryan Roberts Gallery solo show2004
Bryan Roberts Gallery solo show2003
Bryan Roberts Gallery solo show2002
Ohio Historical Society group show2002
Bryan Roberts Gallery solo show2001


William Schultz Award for Oils, American Impressionist Society2015
Honorable Mention, American Impressionist Society2013
Purchase Award, Ohio Plein Air Society2012
1st Place, Ohio Plein Air Society2011
Purchase Award, Arnold Sports Festival2010
Best of Show, Ohio Plein Air Society2010
1st Place, Ohio Plein Air Society2009
Purchase Award, Ohio Plein Air Society2007
3rd Place, Ohio Plein Air Society2006
Purchase Award, Ohio Plein Air Society2005
Honorable Mention, Ohio Plein Air Society2004
Ohio Governor's Mansion award2003
Merit Award, Hoosier Salon2002
Artist's Magazine, finalist1995

Publications and Reviews:

Columbus Dispatch, West Jefferson painter making an impressionDec 6, 2015
Columbus Dispatch, Palette PleasersOct 20, 2013
Madison Press, Ah, Venice...Oct 2, 2013
Columbus Dispatch, Gentle joys of summer...June 21, 2009
Columbus Dispatch, Painters in the ParkAug 25, 2005
The Land We Call Ohio, coffee table book published2003
Madison Press, Local artist tops Paint Ohio AuctionDec 11, 2003
Madison Press, Gingerich's paintings to be auctionedDec 4, 2003
Columbus Dispatch, Portraits of a StateJune 15, 2003
Dayton Daily News, Wright's site committed to canvasApril 2003
Columbus Dispatch, Painter's progressDec 29, 2002
Madison Messenger, Paint Ohio ProjectDec 23, 2002
The Times Reporter, County sites on canvasAug 2003
Columbus Dispatch, Portraits of Ohio Aug 2003
Madison Press, West Jeff artist to paint OhioAug 2003
Madison Press, Ohio Plein Air...Aug 13, 2002
Columbus Dispatch, Art imitates ArtAug 1999