Mark Gardner The old-fashioned logger, farmer, artist

Mark Gardner says painting an abstract is like letting a wild horse run free. Like that metaphorical wild horse, Gardner isn't limited to boundaries.

Gardner grew up a farmer in the western Pennsylvania countryside. It was art, however, that attracted him to nature.

"I want people to see God’s creation how I see it, it’s awesome, it’s beautiful," Gardner said. "I hope to relate to them the beauty that I see, the light, the trees, whatever it is."

Gardner studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia. Following his education, Gardner went out into the woods for 40 years -- not necessarily to draw.

"I started working in the woods to earn some money (logging) and I enjoyed it, and it was exciting -- trees are falling, it’s dangerous," he said. “It’s the same thing with artwork, I get excited about it. I like excitement, adventure."

Being there is what Gardner is really passionate about. While some artists work from photographs, Gardner typically doesn't. He says the photograph can only show you so much, while being there, at the scene and in the moment, allows him to capture the essence of the landscape or subject.

While Gardner typically paints landscapes, he, every once in awhile, lets that wild horse run free.

Gardner's works have been exhibited in New York City, Philadelphia, PA and and Western Pennsylvania.

Through it all, Gardner stays true to what got him behind the easel. "I try to paint things that are positive and beautiful to me, and maybe I’m old-fashioned, but that’s the way it is," he said.

"Yah, I’m an old-fashioned, logger, farmer, artist and I’ll remain that way until the day I die." --Mark Gardner

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