Working Studio Artist: Mark Bettis

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Yesterday, I stopped in to pay a visit to artist and pal Mark Bettis before venturing off to do some business planning at Ben’s Tune Up. {Seriously} Mark’s studio is located in the Wedge Studios overlooking the train tracks and the circus we affectionately call the Wedge Brewery. IMG_2940Mark has been in the River Arts District for two years now. Before venturing to Asheville five years ago he was a Creative Director at an Advertising Agency in Chicago. Prior to that — a graduate at Ringling College. Like many of us, it is Asheville where Mark ultimately came to plant his artistic roots.

Mark is a mixed media artist blending oil paints with either hot or cold wax depending on the piece and desired depth. He begins with a graphic notion of what he wants to create before starting, but allows the organic process to take over. Sometimes the results are unexpected and better than his original vision. Mark is currently working on a series of four abstract paintings representing the elements – Earth, Fire, Wind and AirIMG_2937

When I asked Mark what he wanted people to know about his art he stated, “It is for sale.” {insert manly giggles} Beyond his own work he wanted people to know that the Wedge Studios is home to many working studios and it was a great place to engage artists pursuing their craft in real time. Along with his studio, Mark has art at several galleries including Gallery Asheville in downtown and John Collette Fine Art in Cashiers. To see more of Mark’s work click here.



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