“Expressions of Quilly”
Oil on Canvas
18 x 72 in.

About the Artist:
Mark Goodson began his painting career at the age of 57. Creative since childhood, his first career was as a sign-maker – before the age of automation. Calligraphy and hand lettering provided an early passion for brush strokes.  Mark would practice for hours, turning newsprint sideways as a template for perfect spacing. His business blossomed, but signs became sterile as technology permeated the industry. He missed the human touch and yearned for the satisfaction of creation. “I came to the conclusion that I only get to be mortal once.”
Mark sold his sign shop and returned to school for an art degree. Convinced he would not be able to paint with oil, his biggest lesson is that the crippling force of fear can become a source of stimulating thrill when ability is buttressed by effort and experience.
This painting, “Expressions of Quilly” is a multiple portrait that allows the viewer greater insights into the personality of a fine subject.  Quilly is a good, kind man; devoted to his beliefs.  Though serious and determined he is quick to smile and find joy in his life.  There seems to be a harmonious flow from one image to the next, like music from one note to another.  The various expressions provide each viewer the opportunity to find the Quilly they relate to best. The uniquely delightful nature of the painting is enhanced by the different colored neckties.
Mark paints from life and uses photography as a convenient reference. He strives to create believable atmosphere in which “you can believe there is air moving around the elements in the painting.” He feels that painting from life builds a skill that one cannot capture from photo references. Mark’s work captures his subject’s likeness beautifully, but the magic is in the shadows of his work.

Mark believes that within all art there is drama. He alludes to live theater; in which a partially lit stage creates the question of what is in the shadows. He captures that mystery on canvas; creating interesting shadows that add strength to the image.
Mark exhibits his work at the annual Celebration of Fine Art in Scottsdale, AZ, which draws visitors and collectors from around the globe.
The Celebration of Fine Art is a unique art experience which gives visitors the opportunity to watch 100 artists in their working studios January 16 – March 27, 2016 in Scottsdale, AZ. Open daily from 10 am – 6 pm. Visitors will enjoy strolling through the 100 artist studios under the 40,000 square foot exhibit tent.  Artists are on-site creating, allowing for the visitor to watch them at work, discover what inspires them and the techniques used to create the works of art.  Come to Scottsdale to see more of Mark’s works in person and discover the stories behind each unique work of art.


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Andrew Webster is the former Editor of Fine Art Today and worked as an editorial and creative marketing assistant for Streamline Publishing. Andrew graduated from The University of North Carolina at Asheville with a B.A. in Art History and Ceramics. He then moved on to the University of Oregon, where he completed an M.A. in Art History. Studying under scholar Kathleen Nicholson, he completed a thesis project that investigated the peculiar practice of embedded self-portraiture within Christian imagery during the 15th and early 16th centuries in Italy.


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