Mark Christopher was an artist before he ever claimed the name. His journey to creating and teaching art was a leap of faith that began in his hometown of Detroit, Michigan, where he originally planned to pursue a career in physics. In 2011, he followed his true calling to be a full-time artist into the Arizona desert. Since then, he’s committed to his explosive passion for painting, drawing, teaching, and unbridled self-expression.
For Mark, art is as much about aesthetics as it is about supporting the well-being of his community. His soul-driven representations of people and nature are designed to infuse homes, workplaces, and other public spaces with the spirit of unshakable inner peace. As an art teacher, Mark honors each student for their individuality and their vision, while promoting a clear understanding of artistic technique. From novices to seasoned artists, Mark strives to inspire anyone with the desire to create.
In his patrons’ words...
"His work...rests as the centerpiece of my home..."
"I received a commissioned portrait of my mom and I last year for Christmas. It was a surprise gift from my good friends in the year I lost my mother to a tragic accident. The portrait, with superior quality and craftsmanship, was done from a photo that was captured at my mum's father's funeral in North Wales. Mark was able to infuse the raw emotion and tenderness of that moment, as her and I sought comfort through a long embrace. The solace that his work brings to my home, as it rests as the centerpiece of my home, is something I turn to when I am seeking comfort from her absence."
-Dr. Nicolas Porter
"...enriching, understandable, and informative."
"Mark Christopher is a very supportive, encouraging art instructor. I have taken weekly classes as well as workshops he has offered, and have gotten SO much out of them. I have learned specific techniques for color-mixing, determining values & temperatures of colors, and creating depth. Mark shares with us ways to choose and care for our "tools of the trade" and all the little tips to make our painting and creating experience the best! He has a unique background in the sciences & art history that make his art classes all the more enriching, understandable, and informative. I highly recommend Mark Christopher's workshops & classes!"
- Jane M.
Many of Mark’s images convey a profound serenity that’s hard to find in the modern world. Yet, his love for justice drives him to constantly think of ways to take the difficult but necessary journey of making peace a reality for those suffering from social oppression. He’s currently planning ways to engage and elevate marginalized communities through local non-profits, aiming to give them a voice in visual form while tackling issues such as greed, water shortages, and poverty. His ultimate artistic goal is to re-connect viewers and patrons with what matters most: our true selves, our fellow human beings, and living in harmony with nature.
To explore Mark’s work and learn how he could support your creative and humanitarian endeavors, contact him here
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Instagram @markchristopherart and
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Head Study in Blue
. Ones and Twos