Mark Shamlian has a bachelor of fine arts in drawing and painting from the University of Delaware and a Masters degree in Painting from Boston University. He also studied at the University of the Arts and Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia. He has taught drawing, painting, and illustration at the University of Delaware, University of the Arts, and various continuing education programs. He also taught environmental design at the former Art Institute of Philadelphia. These days he divides his time between fine arts pursuits, commercial design, illustration, writing, carpentry, and music related activities.
My life careers were in teaching and industrial management. In 1996, wanting to satisfy my creative juices, I decided to try my hand working as a full-time artist. Art & art-related projects have always been a big part of my everyday existence for as long as I can remember. Encouraged by a mentor and friend, I have never looked back.
I love those happy accidents that I see every day in pursuing my passion. I look to the whimsical, contemporary & abstract for inspiration and then just let my thoughts guide my hands. God has truly blessed me.
“I loved the free flow style of watercolor, but needed more precision” said Peterson. “I then discovered that using a variety of different mediums gave me the ability to be unrestrained yet detailed.”
Her work can be found in private European and US collections and galleries.
Lots, mostly in drafting. I have spent time studying art and architecture at Rice University. Most of my art education comes from my father, an illustrator with a degree in fine art from the Kansas City Art Institute. He was always there to direct my efforts in drawing, composition, color, and even sculpture. His mother was an accomplished watercolorist.
The following is a brief listing from the past five years:
Participation in the last three Biennial National Art Exhibitions hosted by the Visual Arts Center, Punta Gorda, FL, 2018, 2020, and 2022.
Art Olympia International Art Competition, Tokyo, Japan, 2019, semi-honorable mention
2020 Recipient of the Marianne Oberg Foundation for Spiritual Art grant for the pursuit of spiritual art
Participation in ‘Embracing Our Differences’, an international competition shown at Bayfront Park, Sarasota, and later moved to Benderson Park, Sarasota, Jan-Aug 2021
Best In Show, ‘Create’, hosted by ArtCenter Manatee, September 8-24, 2021.
Honorable Mention, Tribute to Velasquez: Second Global Painting and Sculpture Competition for International Artists, Shanghai, China, and Barcelona, Spain, Jan-May, 2022.
First Place, 32 nd Annual All-Florida Invitational Show, hosted by the Martin County Arts Council, Stuart, FL, Oct-Nov 2022
Participation in the 1st and 3rd annual ‘We’re Doing It ALL Wrong’ national exhibition hosted by Edward A Dixon Gallery, Dayton, Ohio, 2021 and 2023.