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Mark Richard Luther has been drawing, sketching and painting all of his life, at least forty six years of it.
There’s an urban legend surrounding the artist Mark Richard Luther, as the story goes when he was five years old, his mother gave a piece a paper and a number two pencil. On that day in the year 1969 an artist was created where he would blossom years later into a professional artist. Throughout his art career Mark Richard Luther has tried every opportunity that comes his way, he leaves nothing to chance. He’s a constant self-promoter of his artwork and his writing. “You can’t just sit home and expect that someone is going to discover you as an artist, it’s not going to happen.” The artist said on May 6, 2010 as he was part of a discussion panel- New Direction in Art Production/ Careers Suny Oneonta. He has taught drawing classes at Frank J. Balsoe Library in Herkimer, NY. Mark Richard Luther has exhibited his paintings at The Remington Gallery of the Ilion Free Library in Ilion, NY. Cooperstown Art Association in Cooperstown, NY, an Art Gallery in Riverhead, NY, he paints portraits in oils and watercolors.
Inspiration: (Why I make my art?) There is a passion to create artwork because it comes to the artist as a natural process to who I am.
Design Strategy: (How I make my art?) I start by creating a light pencil drawing of the image- a portrait, landscape, still life or a seascape. I will do a quick sketch on canvas or watercolor paper after that I choose the size of the material- 4x6, 11x14, 16x20 or any size.
My Working Process: Once I have finished the pencil drawing. I make a decision on the medium- Oils, Watercolors, and Oil Pastels- once I have made the decision on the medium. I will mix the colors that I need to begin the painting (base colors) after I apply the colors to the surface, adding the lights and the shadows giving the painting depth. When I finish a painting, I treat myself to either Applebee’s or Denny’s.
Freelance Writer the Country Editor
2014 Palatine Bridge, NY
Library Clerk Frank J. Balsoe Library
2009 to Present Herkimer, NY
Shop man CBS Television
1997 to 2008 New York, NY
* Inventoried paints, brushes, and artistic supplies
* Cleaned all painting supplies
* Maintained a neat, clean and safe working environment
* Assisted scenic artists on their assigned jobs
* Purchase supplies when required
* Closed the scenic shop at the end of the day
Dishwasher/ Busboy Ruby Tuesday
1995 to 1997 Hicksville, NY
* Cleared tables
* Prepared restaurant for opening in the morning
* Set up and maintained salad bar
* Answered consumer questions
* Monitored restrooms for cleanliness and cleaned as needed
Shopman ABC Television
1989 to 1991 New York, NY
* Set up artist shop as instructed by scenic artist
* Responsible for ensuing that the scenic artist had all supplies that they needed for a job
* Assisted in setting up for parties and other events
At the age of fifteen- taken drawing lessons from a local artist by the named of Jack Zilko, who taught drawing and painting from his studio in Roslyn, New York- 1978 to 1981.
Mineola High School- Mineola, New York GED
Mark Richard Luther went to The Art Students League in New York City, taking classes in Portrait Painting and Figure Drawing while he was working as a shop man in a scenic shop at ABC Television and CBS Television- 1994 and 2004.
Herkimer Country Community College- Herkimer, New York Associate Degree in Web Design and E-Business 2014
Mark Richard Luther has been working as a freelance writer for The Country Editor, a weekly paper located in Herkimer Country in New York State. He writes articles on different subjects.
In April 2014 he had a piece of fiction published in Herkimer College magazine- “Phaethon 2014”
Mark Richard Luther writes everyday a habit that has developed over the years.
He’s working on his second novel.