About the Artist
Mark Cleveland is a contemporary visual artist exploring the unique beauty and connectedness we share in everyday life, represented in contemporary landscapes, portraits and urban settings. While predominately a painter and illustrator working in oil and pen & ink, he is also an accomplished stained glassier which heavily influences the way he seeks out the spiritual element of light in all mediums.
An avid fly fisherman, he began his career by contributing detailed illustrations to outdoor fishing magazines. A graduate of Northwestern University, he attended classes at the “American Academy of Art" where he focused on use of color and composition. Currently, the artist is exploring the traditional techniques used "en Plein Air" and the figure provided through the Palette & Chisel Academy and Plein Air Painters of Chicago.
As a young man he was adopted by a Native American spiritual elder who encouraged him to explore that part of his heritage. This passionate and rich journey led to decades of service to the Native American Community, an intimate immersion in wilderness and indigenous culture. This foundation continues to influence his work as an accomplished artist and world musician.
Member Palette & Chisel Academy of Chicago, Plein Air Painters of Chicago, Elliot Donnelley Trout Unlimited, Trickster Native American Cultural Center, Evanston-made
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