Venerated artist Mark Bettis favored by WNCAP this year receiving top honors for the October art auction. The industrious painter has been a longtime supporter of WNCAP throughout his years here in Asheville.
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 takeover. Sometimes the results are unexpected and better than his original vision.
Driven to be uplifting, the honored piece for WNCAP, “Radiance”, evolved to illuminate the feelings of tranquility and calm through design and color.
Mark has been in the River Arts District for two years now. His studio is located in the Wedge Studios overlooking the train tracks and the circus we affectionately call the Wedge Brewery. 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.
Beyond his own work he wants 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 Gallery Minerva. To see more of Mark’s work click here.