Artist Statement & Bio
This is a painting I did for my office...I wanted a constant reminder that
somewhere in the world....it's 5 O'clock
News: Updated 07-27-2021
The summer is speeding along with August days away. I've been busy working on a new series of prints that combine my photography and digital graphic design. It's been a very exciting and satisfying process and I learn new things with each image I create. You can see my newest work on my Digital and Other Art page on this site. I've even started putting my work out there by participating in some local art/vendor shows by having a booth and selling my prints. I'm lucky to have experience in sales and marketing. I would love to make my living through my art. To do that, I have to build an income from that art. I will be selling prints here and on my Facebook page in the near future.
I'm also very excited to announce that three of the pieces from my new series of paintings, Musings From Isolation, have been selected for the 2021 Americas All Media show at the Northwest Art Center in Minot, ND through Minot State University. It's a juried show that is open to artists from across the country and around the world. Since finishing Musings after working on it for a little over a year, I've been wondering if I went in the right direction with my work. You can take a look at some of the pieces on this site. I wanted to build off of my first series Layers of Identity, which I like to say is the series in which I found my voice. Musings From Isolation is the series that I used my voice to say something loudly. My hope for this series is to challenge people to have hard conversations, be it with themselves or others. Being selected for the Americas show signaled to me that I'm on the right track. Thanks for reading!
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. I love challenging people's concepts of what art should be, their views on different subjects, and their perceptions. It's how the receiver interprets my messages 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. I also like to experiment with new materials in a mixed-media fashion. 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 North Dakota and have loved art since I was young, as you may expect. I've always been involved with one medium or another, but never with the focus I have today. Up until a few years ago I've kept my art mostly private. I left North Dakota in 1989 for the US Navy. After 10 years of traveling the world, I found myself back in North Dakota. I received my Bachelor of General Studies degree from Minot State University in Minot, ND in 2016. During my last semester I decided to pursue art as more than just a hobby. 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 as well as 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.
You can check out my online store for cool things with my art on them at: https://society6.com/markholter
Interested in a print? Prints are available up to 18"x12" (depending on the print) printed professionally on heavy duty 19" x 13" stock for $20/each plus shipping. E-mail inquiries to email@example.com.
Prices on paintings upon request
36"x12" Acrylic on canvas 2019
Acrylic on Canvas 24"x36" 2019
Acrylic on Canvas 48" x 24" 2018
Acrylic on Canvas (24"x48") 2017
Acrylic on Canvas 24"x18" 2019
36"x24" Acrylic on Canvas Commissioned by Northern Plains Dance in Bismarck, ND 2020 Not for Sale
Acrylic on Canvas 24" x 30" 2019 SOLD
Acrylic on Canvas 48" x 24" 2018
Acrylic on Canvas 24"x18" 2020