Mark Risius is a creative writer, musician, improv comedian, and of course, an artist. One of his favorite first memories of art is drawing a pterodactyl at age 6 (crayon on spiral bound notebook paper). Moving on from Jurassic period art, but still inspired by the natural world, he discovered his love for brushwork making aspen trees come alive against a sunset sky in oil on sandstone. Captivated by the atmospheric beauty and incorporating reflections on water, he expanded into his current style doing Soul Scapes and Woven Canvas.
Soulsscapes are created with the intention of connecting to the part of us that is deeply rooted in the eternal and gives birth to our more inspiring moments of serenity, awe, and wonder. In these, Mark enjoys the process, using long brush strokes and smooth blending. Soulscapes, especially with their grand scale, are very active and exciting to produce.
The Woven Canvas Collages further explore the imaginative process, transforming the Soul Scapes into a unique genre of art. Mark’s creative desire for distinctive asthetics is evident in every aspect of these works from his choice of color and style to the crafting of the handmade wooden frames.