I wanted to make sure that Ludlow always features my favorite things for others to enjoy. So, I have asked my dear friend and wildly talented artist Mark O’Connell to join us and share his amazing exhibition “Turbulent Waters” during the month of March with a hosted party on March 8, 2013 at 7315 Greenwood Avenue North, Seattle, Washington 98103 from 6pm – 9 pm.
Here is a bit about Mark in his own words:
The human face has always been a constant source of inspiration to me. Just a pretty face is not what makes me
want to paint. I am fascinated by the cultural, emotional or the unusual in people and what they can offer. It is my
goal to reveal more than just what you see on the surface.
After painting people for so many years I have always viewed my subject as a painting within a painting. The skin,
eyes and expression are truly a window to the soul and I am very conscious of how I portray that. I have realized
that as people we are in a constant state of transformation in our lives and I felt it important to make that a vital
element in my work. The story I tell is about change, growth or even decay, depending on how you look at it.
The expression is my first priority when I approach a painting. Whether it is a calm, intense gaze or an emotional
outburst, I cannot have the traditional posture. I must have life being revealed. The end result is bold, and it all
must work together beautifully.
My style of painting has loosened considerably over the years and is currently very drippy with many layers of thin
acrylic paint. There is an element of losing control, allowing the paint and color to create surprises and often the
result is incredible. To further intensify the image I add layers of textile patterns across the skin. These layers are
blended into the skin as well as dimensional by cutting shapes out of additional paper and working into the portrait.
The why, what, or how I achieve what I do is still somewhat of a mystery to me. Letting go of control in my
painting has proved successful though painful at times. I know I have produced something really good when I feel
an incredible thrill of feeling something emotional, beautiful and original and not understanding how I produced it.
When the viewer can experience a fraction of this feeling that I do, then the success is a feeling that is impossible to
describe and the satisfaction is amazing.