Artist Statement & Bio
Hadena Pirania and Mark Holter in front of "Modern Communication" - 4/1/2020
News: Updated 04/05/2020
I'm very excited to be spending so much time in the studio lately. I feel like I've got so many ideas that need experimentation! I've been doing a lot of collaboration lately with my close friend and fellow artist Hadena Pirania. There's just something about working with someone so out of the box and animated that breathes fresh air into the creative process.
I've also been thinking a lot lately on what I want to focus on moving forward. I will of course continue making art...that is a must. But I'm starting to get interested in working with other artists more. I've had a couple of good experiences in the past few months and feel like with my background I have more to offer the arts community. Stay tuned because I've got a few ideas!
I enjoy communicating with people, but sometimes words can be restrictive. I feel that through my work I can communicate more honestly and completely, on multiple levels. I enjoy hearing the messages people receive from me through my art. At their base level, the message sent and the messages received are the same. It's how the receiver interprets the message that fascinates me. I don't define myself as an abstract artist. Whichever medium and style I work in on a given piece is my method of communication. Usually for me, working in an abstract style allows me to communicate more clearly. Maybe it's my way of making sense out of chaos. If asked to define myself as an artist, I'd say I'm a communicator, translator, explorer, student, and guide. I want you to see me, and the most honest way is through my art.
I grew up in Minot, North Dakota and graduated from Minot High School in 1989. I've loved art since I was young and have always drawn, but never seriously. Excited for a life of adventure after a childhood on the plains, I left for the US Navy at 18. After 10 years of traveling the world, I found myself back in North Dakota. Between the military and my return to civilian life I spent 16 years in law enforcement. I received my Bachelor of General Studies degree from Minot State University in Minot, ND in 2016. It was during my last semester that I rediscovered my love for creating art. I feel my art has become a way for me to express myself and to explore my relationships with my emotions, experiences, and the people in my life."
I am actively painting, experimenting in other mediums, and working on building my artist’s resume and body of work. I have two incredible daughters, Grace and Jaimie, who I am very proud of. I am currently living in Fargo, North Dakota with my amazing wife and muse, Krista...
Humana36"x24" Acrylic on Canvas
Commissioned by Northern Plains Dance in Bismarck, ND 2020
Not for Sale
Tel: Available upon request