(Mark's) watercolors create a unique image of the fading heritage of the farmer and cattlemen whose rugged spirit and life has left part of their legacy about hard work, family, ranching, and living on the plains.
Mark Ward, a Traditional Watercolor Artist along with Acrylics and oils is a native Kansan living in and around Wichita all his life. Many of his paintings reflect the history of the past in his old barns, old sheds, and wildlife. His watercolors create a unique image of the fading heritage of the farmer and cattlemen whose rugged spirit and life has left part of their legacy about hard work, family, ranching, and living on the plains. He attributes his respect of the land and history of the past to the summers he spent working on his grandfather’s farm in the Flint Hills just east of Eureka, Kansas.
Mark started his career in art as a student attending classes in Advertising Design, which led to his career as a Graphic Designer, working for various agencies/studios in the Wichita area. He also had his own business for many years in which he specialized in graphic design, photo retouching, airbrush illustration, and in house corporations with the position of sales and management. He enjoys the scenes encountered in an ordinary day riding his motorcycle or just driving through the countryside that can move him to paint.
Light is a key part of his paintings to set the mood that engages Mark to create that mood and if Mark is successful, it speaks the same to you. When you view a painting it either moves you with emotion or brings thought about something that you have experienced and remember.
Mark has won many awards in various art competitions and has attended many art classes/workshops from well-known artists to continue to develop his passion for painting. He contributes his success in watercolor to Bob Carver. His work is in many private and corporate collections around the United States.