An intense childhood
interest in drawing and painting gave Mark Pettit an early
start in the pursuit of becoming an artist. By the time he
was in his mid-20s,
he had already established a reputation as a fine artist,
with several sold-out exhibitions in his native Texas.
By devoting his
efforts to fine art, Pettit was able to study privately with
artists who influenced his direction and technique. He went
on to study at
the Schuler School of Fine Art in Baltimore, Maryland, a
to the teachings of Jacques Maroger, author of "The
Secret Formula and Techniques of the Old Masters."
Maroger was a restorer at the Louvre and painting
theoretician who developed a rich, luminous medium similar
to that used by the 17th century Flemish Masters. This
painstaking procedure consists of making black oil and
mastic varnish, and grinding raw pigments combined with the
use of the linen canvas primed with white lead. Pettit feels
this classic training
has been invaluable to his ability to achieve a paint
quality and luminosity
rarely seen in today's art.
The primary subject
of Pettit's oils is the panoramic American landscape.
Combining his own style with that of the Flemish painters
and utilizing custom mediums to create vast dimensions, he
brings the great outdoors inside with sensitivity and skill.
Pettit demonstrates a unique link between classic and
modern in his
landscape, still life and European paintings. Pettit
has received national recognition through numerous
successful one-man and group exhibitions. His paintings are
represented by several prestigious galleries
throughout the country and his work is in constant demand by
some of the
most discriminating art collectors around the world.
currently lives near Ridgeway, Colorado, where he finds the
Colorado Rockies and inspirational atmosphere in which to
live and work. In the last several
years, he has been traveling more to Europe, spending many
months in Italy painting the Tuscan countryside and the
canals of Venice. He paints outdoors
whenever possible for he feels the direct relationship with
nature is the
most important element in an artist's learning process.