b. 1973, St. Louis, MO
and coming artist, Mark Boedges has in a short time amassed numerous
awards and shown his work in many galleries. Although art was
always a part of his life, Mark came to painting in a more serious
manner only during, and immediately after, college. Out of high
school he attended the University of Kansas where he received
a degree in philosophy. But by then the painting bug, and in
particular painting plein air, had already taken hold. He went
back to school to study Fine Art at the University of Colorado.
Preferring a more traditional approach to painting, Mark left
the program after two years to study exclusively from nature.
Painting plein air had become his sole focus, and it would remain
so for several years. Through this study his skills quickly developed.
His first show was in 2003 and it was a great success, nearly
selling out. But all artists need mentoring, and realizing that
in order to further progress he needed guidance, Mark began to
seek out other artists and to attend workshops to learn everything
he could about his craft; which he continues to do to this day.
the top honors Mark has received are the Grand Prize for Landscape
and a spot on the cover of International Artist magazine, as
well as more recently the Joseph Hartley Memorial award at the
prestigious Salmagundi Club in New York City, Best in Show at
the American Impressionist Society's National Exhibition and
Best in Show at the Scottsdale Salon of Fine Art.