This stone, Picasso Marble, is aptly named. It comes from the great basin area of Utah, and is thought to be about two Million years old. As with many of the stones I work with, each one has different markings, colors and striations. I’m often in awe of these individual markings; makes me wonder what kind of pressure Mother Earth put on these rocks to create such beautiful stones.
Born in Schenectady, New York, raised in Washington, D.C., Brian Mark has been intrigued by art of all kinds for most of his life. Literature appealed to him and ultimately, Mark taught English literature at university. While he was doing scholarly work on English literature, Mark began to feel a tug toward doing, not just intellectualizing about, art.
Mark’s first artistic foray was in woodworking. After a while, he could not shake the impact Dylan Thomas’ poem, “In My Craft or Sullen Art” had on him. Mark kept feeling he was doing craft, not art, and wanted more. A friend urged him to look seriously at stone sculpture as his art focus. Eventually, Mark went to that sculpting class, and was hooked.
That was 20 years ago. Mr. Mark has been joyfully doing stone sculpting from that date to now. Sculpting is something he simply cannot NOT do. It is a passion. He creates abstract sculptures in harder stone such as marble, calcite, onyx, and others. His work has been seen in many art shows and looks forward to continuing his love/work in stone.