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Mark Cowden

Born and raised in Nashville, TN, I was surrounded by art from an early age. My mother is a painter and has always encouraged my artistic endeavors. By the time I reached high school, I knew that art was my true calling. I spent two years studying at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and received a BFA from the University of Tennessee in 1994. After college, I began my career as a graphic designer and art director, working with some of the most talented creative groups in Nashville such as Buddy Jackson (Jackson Design) and Bill Barnes (Barnes & Company), both of whom are also accomplished fine artists. My years spent developing and refining my creative talents then culminated in my decision to pursue painting full time in 2005. I spent a year participating in fine art festivals throughout the Southeast, building relationships with other working artists while continuing to refine my craft as a painter. I have a deep drive to create and I am constantly exploring new possibilities and forms of artistic expression.

Long before brush touches canvas, I explore ideas that grow into sketches. From selection of subject matter, choice of medium and preparation of the surface, to decisions on final treatments, I enjoy every step of the creative process. Working primarily in oil, but occasionally incorporating a mixed media process to create a more tactile effect, my painting style is one of a constant exploration and journey. Whether it be a landscape or an abstract compositio

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