Mark Wood



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Artist Bio

Mark Wood

Mark is a member of Mid-Valley Arts League and served as President from 2008-2010. He is a juried member of the Pasadena Society of Artists, Watercolor West, and Valley Watercolor Society. Various art organizations have invited Mark to judge their annual art exhibitions as well as assigning awards Read More . In 2003, Mark launched Fine Artists Factory (FAF), a drawing and painting studio, to support fellow fine artists and to pursue his own fine art career. During the fours years FAF was in Pasadena, he curated over 60 FAF gallery exhibitions and hosted more than 20 workshops with prominent artists. Mark has developed his drawing skills through weekly figure drawing sessions. Currently he is working in acrylic, creating colorful figurative paintings and landscape paintings that have a recognizable stylistic approach. A native Californian, Mark spent his grade school years in Napa and Thousand Oaks. He completed high school and junior college in the Birmingham, Michigan area. He has a BFA in Graphics/Packaging from Art Center College of Design. He has directed Mark Wood Design Office for over 25 years, producing marketing communication materials and branding for businesses throughout California.

Artist Philosophy

Dramatic bold use of color is what excites me. I’m a colorist. The creative use of color makes a painting interesting every time you look at it. Depicting realism and local color is a secondary concern, which makes my work more stylized rather than representational. I’m interested in creating upbeat joyful feelings with my art. Read More Acrylic is the medium that allows me to accomplish my goals as a colorist. I work on canvas paper, watercolor paper and stretched canvas. Currently figure and portrait paintings are of interest to me. This series of paintings of live models are started and sometimes completed in one 3 hour session at the studio. Since each person is unique it makes each painting a new and exciting challenge. The relatively short time frame helps me work rapidly keeping the paintings spontaneous and fresh looking. Influences in my art are Matisse and Fauvism, the Scottish Colourists, the Bay Area Figurative Artists, and the Society of Six: California Colorists.

Additional work can be seen at

Exhibitions & Awards +

2013              Pasadena Society of Artists, 88th Annual Exhibition, (Juried)

2012              Millard Sheets Center for the Arts 2012 Exhibition, “Art & Fair: 90 Year Celebration, (Juried)

2012              San Gabriel Fine Arts Association, Annual Fall Show, Honorable Mention Genre

2012              Art Matters Encore!, San Marino League, The Huntington Library, (Juried)

2011              Mid­Valley Arts League, 58th Annual Exhibition, 2nd Seascape

2011              Pasadena Society of Artists, 86th Annual Exhibition, (Juried)

2011              VWS Annual Juried Exhibition, Gallery 800

2010              Segil Fine Art, 8th Annual Small Works Show (Monrovia), (2 Works Juried In)

2010              Remembering Henry Fukuhara, Emeritus College Gallery, Invited to include tribute painting, Bye Henry.

2010              2010 Four Faces of VIVA, Honorable Mention, (2 Works Juried In)

2010              San Gabriel Fine Arts Association, Annual Spring Show, 1st Popular Vote Award

2010              Pasadena Society of Artists, 85th Annual Exhibition, VIVA Gallery, (2 Works Juried In)

2010              VIVA Gallery, SCORE VIII, Southern CA Open Regional Exhibition, (Juried)

2009              Segil Fine Art, 7th Annual Small Works Show (Monrovia), (2 Works Juried In)

2009              Pomona Valley Art Association, 28th Annual Open Exhibition, 1st Acrylic Category, (Juried)

2009              Pasadena Society of Artists, 84th Annual Exhibition, VIVA Gallery, (Juried)

2009              San Gabriel Fine Arts Association, Annual Spring Show, 3rd Structures/Mechanical

2009              Mid­Valley Arts League, 56th Annual Exhibition, Best of Show, 3rd Genre

2008              Pasadena Society of Artists, Holiday Exhibition, VIVA Gallery, Honorable Mention, (Juried)

2008              Southern CA Artists Association (Laguna Beach), Modern Landscape Exhibition, (Juried)

2008              Festival of Authors, Duarte, CA, Featured Local Artist (Invitation)

2008              VIVA Gallery, “My Way”, (Juried)

2008              Southern CA Artists Association (Laguna Beach), Go Figure Exhibition, 1st, (Juried)

2007              San Gabriel Fine Arts Association, Annual Fall Show, 3rd Figure

2007              VIVA Gallery, “A Taste of Color”, (Juried)

2007              DCA/Open Call LA 2007 @ Barnsdall Park

2007              Pasadena Society of Artists, 82nd Annual Exhibition, VIVA Gallery, (Juried)

2007              San Gabriel Fine Arts Association, Annual Spring Show, 1st Seascape

2007              Mid­Valley Arts League, Annual Exhibition, 3rd Genre

2004              Pasadena Society of Artists Exhibition, Whites Gallery, (Juried)

2003              MountainSide Gallery (Monrovia), Miniature Invitational, (Juried)

2002              Watercolor West XXXIV, (Juried)

2002              San Diego Watercolor Society, 22th International Exhibition, (Juried)

2002              Mid­Valley Arts League, Annual Exhibition, 2nd Genre, Honorable Mention

2002              Pasadena Presbyterian 27th Annual Art Show, 2nd Genre, 3rd Still Life, (Juried)

2001              Mid­Valley Arts League Annual Exhibition, 1st Still Life

2000              Pasadena Presbyterian 26th Annual Art Show, (Juried)

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