I’m often asked by students and patrons where my ideas come from. As a student of the world around me I unconsciously doodle on any scrap of paper that happens to be at hand and seldom feel obliged to make a “photographic” representation. After all, isn’t it more important to concentrate upon the mood or quality of the moment? Presented here are pages from my travel sketchbooks, daily visual journals, and quickly blocked in plein air paintings. I’m more interested in the energy of the mark or brush stroke, so you’ll seldom see me sharing highly rendered “finished” pieces – I’ve tried to eliminate such preciousness from my oeuvre so that I can concentrate on keeping things fresh.
MARK ALAN ANDERSON