An early watercolor of the artist at four years old by his uncle Franklin Jespersen, a successful artist in his own right.
STAGES OF MY ART
Inhabit imagined worlds: Survival
Invent my personal vision
Study history and technique: Understanding
Explore countless creative possibilities
Discover I do not know: Serenity
Value my artistic experiences
Remain the eternal student: Gratitude
Learn from every painting
Mark Gould received a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Art from the University of Iowa and embarked on his own “personally challenging peregrination of creativity”. During moves to Colorado and then New Mexico he continued his studies in advanced/graduate classes at three state universities, one private university, and two private art institutes as well as a number of artist-retreats.
A personal artistic vision evolved during these years of rough-shod art-making, as the psychologically liberating aspects of his studio & field work became a priority.
He states: “I no longer need the requirements of realistic portrayal in my artwork. Realism can be a very good - but very harsh - master. I’m grateful for all my previous exposure to a variety of traditions as they provide critical art-making skills that I still use to experiment and advance. But today I like to imagine I’m constructing a personal “fortress of creativity” - if you will. Not an actual edifice, but a mindset where I explore idiosyncratic ideas and then use my own aesthetic approach and techniques. I’ll never complete this construction, but I’ll have a blast trying - and hopefully make good art in the attempt.”
Field study: Zapata Ranch Artist Retreat