Born, raised, and currently living in Los Angeles, Marc is a self-taught abstract expressionist painter who painted his first abstract works in 1991.
During his 25-year career as a K-12 classroom teacher, working in Watts, South Central, and the San Fernando Valley, Marc had limited opportunities to pursue his passion for art. In January 2020, he transitioned to painting full time.
For 18 months, he pursued his art full time in his sister-in-law’s garage where he further developed and mastered his action painting technique and deepened his understanding of the properties and behaviors of acrylic paint and cotton duck canvas of various weights. Watching other artists’ demonstrations on YouTube and Instagram, visiting galleries to view and converse about art, reading articles and biographies on various art topics and artists, listening to podcasts, and taking workshops in person and online have all contributed to his education and growth.
Importantly, in August 2021, Marc joined the Hawthorne Arts Complex (HAC), a 44,000 square foot building with over 100 studios, with the intention of immersing himself in a professional artist community. Making art, speaking about art, developing a network of relationships with other artists, and living the artist life has accelerated Marc’s growth, strengthened his identity as an artist, and expanded his presence online and in galleries.
At 57, Marc can attest that it is never too late to make your dream a reality.
Every painting offers me an opportunity to express myself creatively, make meaning with my materials, and deepen my understanding of myself – three pursuits that I cherish. Through color, line, texture, and abstraction, I make paintings that I want to see and that are meaningful to me. My paintings, which I liken to jazz-like improvisations on canvas, are a gift to viewers in that they offer individuals the opportunity to enjoy an emotional experience and gain a deeper understanding of themselves. Just as art speaks to me, I want my art to speak to others.