Landscapes by Mark Common on display


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“While my paintings are naturalistic, they are purposely painted in a non-photorealistic style,” said Mark Common. “I attempt to render the scene with sufficient visual reality that viewers can imagine themselves there – feel the wind, hear the water, or imagine what’s around the next bend on the path. And while I want my work to be naturalistic, I also want evidence of the art process in clearly visible brush strokes.”

“While my paintings are naturalistic, they are purposely painted in a non-photorealistic style,” said Mark Common. “I attempt to render the scene with sufficient visual reality that viewers can imagine themselves there – feel the wind, hear the water, or imagine what’s around the next bend on the path. And while I want my work to be naturalistic, I also want evidence of the art process in clearly visible brush strokes.”


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Mark Common’s oil landscapes are a nod to the aesthetics of nature.

“My preference for hiking and being outdoors alone is reflected in the almost nonexistent evidence of humans in nearly all of my paintings,” he said. “It is during those solo moments in the woods that I feel peaceful, quiet, and unfettered and I try to convey that mood in my work.”

An exhibit featuring Common’s work runs through Monday, May 23 in the Kendal Gallery at Kendal at Oberlin. An artist reception will be held at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, May 4 in the Heiser Lounge.

Common’s journey is an interesting one. After college, he pursued a career in graphic design and illustration and he and a friend opened a studio. While the studio was successful, Mark felt his true calling was to teach — he returned to Kent State for a degree in art education and taught in Cleveland high schools for 21 years.

Then he discovered another calling as a landscape designer and installer. “It is a career that I feel my entire life’s work… my fine art, my commercial art, teaching, and landscaping my own homes has led me to and prepared me for.”

“While my paintings are naturalistic, they are purposely painted in a non-photorealistic style,” said Mark Common. “I attempt to render the scene with sufficient visual reality that viewers can imagine themselves there – feel the wind, hear the water, or imagine what’s around the next bend on the path. And while I want my work to be naturalistic, I also want evidence of the art process in clearly visible brush strokes.”
http://www.theoberlinnewstribune.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/44/2018/04/web1_Painted-Desert-Arizona.jpg“While my paintings are naturalistic, they are purposely painted in a non-photorealistic style,” said Mark Common. “I attempt to render the scene with sufficient visual reality that viewers can imagine themselves there – feel the wind, hear the water, or imagine what’s around the next bend on the path. And while I want my work to be naturalistic, I also want evidence of the art process in clearly visible brush strokes.”

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