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Meet Mark Wilson

Today we’d like to introduce you to Mark Wilson.

Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
I was born and raised in Hampton Virginia. I was always good at art, but in my community/specific culture, it was shunned upon. I became a football player. Went to the University of Cincinnati on an athletic scholarship. Played defensive end for five years at the university. Graduated (2018) and moved to Gilbert Arizona last year. I did not know anyone in the state when I moved here. I earned my master’s degree and worked towards becoming a BCBA Board Certified Behavior Analysis. I recently started painting in February. March I put in my thirty-day notice after grabbing an order every day. April I was in my first art show and sold a ton of art work. Today I am working as a full-time artist. God has led me all the way!

Please tell us about your art.
I paint on everything. I have work completed on canvas, card board frames, tables, walls, jackets, shirts, pants, and bags. All of my supplies come from Walmart arcylic paint, paint markers. I thrift all of my clothes. I would call myself a professional thrifter.

I paint to challenge people. I paint to make people feel like they are not in control anymore. I paint to connect to the people like me. Why? Because I express raw emotion in my work. That feeling of being not in control has been felt by all of us at one point to a certain extent. That awing feeling that doesn’t allow us to move at the moment. I like to capture that feeling from people; rather it is good or bad.

My message is to be you want at all times.

Inspo basquiat and @hidjiworld (IG)

All of my artwork is completed at the moment.

Do you have any advice for other artists? Any lessons you wished you learned earlier?
Continue to do what comes naturally. I wish I would have been me from the beginning.

How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
People can see my artwork on Instagram; art shows that ill be entering, festivals, and pop up shops. People can support my artwork at Surfdontfall.com

You can work with me at Michaels by signing up for class.

Contact Info:

  • Website: Surfdontfall.com
  • Email: wilso3mk@mail.uc.edu
  • Instagram: surfindowntherabbithole

Image Credit:
Image 4 blue jean jacket and painting being held behind the head photographer: Matthew Austin
Image 6,7,8 All of the girls photographer Cat Hooper.
Red Medusa jacket by the fire model : Sarah Butler
Model with blue jean jacket in shower: Diana Ortiz
Model with hunters jacket and play boy magazine: Makayla Berry

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