Years ago, the then editor of the New York Art magazine, Jason Stopa referred to me as being a "renaissance man". I feel that this aptly sums up the ethos of how I approach life, with wide eyed wonder and persistence and dedication to explore and tangibly recreate the energies that reside within my being.
One of my abstract illustrative pieces, which are inspired by Wassily Kandinsky.
Born in 1982 from a mixed cultural heritage I have always had an interest for the nuance, the abstract, the very things that open a person's mind to new meaning and understanding. This has lead me on a journey through my life, a quest if you will, to learn and develop on a daily basis to appreciate and absorb as much insight, knowledge and technical skill for suitably re-enforcing my creative instincts in the production of exciting materials of all types.
One of my photographs/image manipulations from a shoot with model Diana Braun.
a degree in Graphic design, a teaching qualification, an APM qualification in Project management, and a CIM digital marketing qualification.
Outside of the institutionalised training I have undertaken thousands of hours of personal study with a concept that "If I can do it myself, I will do it myself". Initially this sometimes had friends and family questioning the rational of my objective, often with advocation for my not becoming "a jack of all trades, but a master of none".
Eventually the convergence of my various skills interwove to improve my overall level of performance, which lead to my working at a high level for companies such as The National Design academy, Experian, Learn direct. Experian for instance, required training courses for banking software which involved my amalgamated skill set for producing animations, designs, illustrations, coded interactions, as well as applying learning methadology, project management, and a wide variety of other skills to deliver for tight deadlines.
Myself teaching a class on graphic design.
Introductory screen to an Experian sales training course that I designed for Tallyman retail banking software.
The 2010 theatre show ABraCaDaBra for which I wrote and narrated the script.
of my career I have infact gone further with the disparity of my accomplishments. For instance in 2010 I worked collaboratively with a group of dancers, as writer and narrator for the theatre production show "ABraCaDaBra". Two of my educational articles have been published, so far, with professors and managers from other countries contacting me to express their shared belief in the educational principles I had explored via the articles.
In a complete contrast, my 2014 art series "The Walking Bread" involved abstractly simple characters made from bread, which simulated various zombie themed scenes, involving carefully considered lighting to provide the mood, and photographed manually by myself with a DSLR camera. The outcome was highly positive with features by different media sources, thousands of shares and likes through social media and a positive reaction from Hollywood producer Gale Anne Heard, who openly praised the work.
Article from the Nottingham Post regarding my Walking Bread art series.
One of the images from my Walking Bread art series.
the most contrastive element of my creative pursuits is dance. I have been involved in Breakdancing since the year 2000. I feel the physical expressionism of this art form brings a desired dynamism to my other works. I also attribute a strong level of personal cognitive and conceptual development from networking with the many dance associated people that I have met, who herald from all manner of different backgrounds around the world.
Moving forward I have many aspirations for various creative works that I will be working on in the future, and a handful which I am already in the midst of bringing to life such as tribally influenced fashion range/home product range.
I believe that life is a gift with so much opportunity to develop, learn and contribute.
Thank you for reading. Mark
Training my moves on the cliff side, next to Durdle door in Weymouth.
Performing a live showcase of my moves on stage at the Liverpool hub festival.
Aztec inspired tribal pattern lampshade that I designed.