MARK ASMUS oil painter
Taos, New Mexico
My degree reads BS Metallurgical Engineering, the practical choice.
I probably should have given the visual arts a try right from the git-go
since I’ve been a doodler all my life – finger paints, crayons, pencil, etc.
In any case, I worked in the steel industry for thirty-six years, retiring in
2001. In preparation for retirement, I began art lessons at the Maryland
Institute College of Art in Baltimore. That’s when I began doodling in
After moving to Taos in 2007, I studied with Ray Vinella for the better part
of a year. Gallery representation seemed like a natural progression.
I was represented by a Taos gallery for six months in 2008. While there, I realized that the gallery model doesn't work for me because I want to establish a personal relationship with buyers, of paramount importance to me. Since then I have sold my work directly to collectors.
I believe an artist is usually better off not talking about his artwork. The
work should speak for itself; you either like it or you don’t. Having
said that, I am essentially a studio painter working in oils with a palette
knife, usually on wood panel. My paintings tell a story, incorporating the
history, cultural diversity and natural beauty of northern New Mexico.
Often, I strive for a light-hearted feeling.