Critique Session Class Description
All levels, all styles. Each artist may bring up to 2 paintings each.
Critique is an integral part of an artist’s journey. An artist will learn not only from suggestions from an accomplished instructor, but also from comments from peers. This critique session is led by the renowned artist and instructor Mark Whitmarsh. Mark has painted professionally for over three decades. His work has been exhibited throughout the southwest, locally at Southwest Gallery in Dallas Mark has been featured in numerous solo shows and group shows throughout the U.S., and his artwork appear in public and private collections, including Fountain Place in downtown Dallas, and Lincoln Plaza in North Dallas.
Mark’s work is primarily mixed-media contemporary, but his background in the fine arts allows him to review and comment on paintings of any style and medium.
About the Instructor
Mark Whitmarsh has been painting professionally for over three decades. He was born and raised in Lakewood, Colorado, near the foothills of the beautiful Rocky Mountains, where backpacking and ski racing were his favorite outdoor activities during his early years. Art has always been very important to him from grade school through high school. He showed in galleries during his teenage years, winning an award in the national watercolor society exhibit at 18 years old.
Mark studied at the University of Wyoming and the Rocky Mountain School of Art and Design. During this five-year period, he had the opportunity to study with Mark Dickson, the great abstract landscape painter from Denver.
This was a pivotal period for the artist, and during this time, he gravitated towards a more reductionist attitude toward painting landscapes. Strongly influenced by the Abstract Expressionism movement throughout the 1990s and into the turn of the century, Mark developed a freely expressive mode of creativity.
Mark's work has been exhibited throughout the southwest, including New Mexico, Colorado, Texas and Oklahoma. He has had 22 solo shows at Southwest Gallery in Dallas, Texas. He has also participated in many group shows throughout the U.S., including, New York, San Francisco and Chicago. His paintings hang in many public and private collections, including Fountain Place in downtown Dallas, and Lincoln Plaza in North Dallas.
2009-2018 exhibited at Southwest Gallery (group shows)
1994-2012 exhibited every year at Southwest Gallery (all one-man shows)
2000-2010 included in select art gallery shows
1999 World Fine Art Gallery one man exhibit (New York City, NY)
1994-1996 included in the group shows listed below:
Contemporary Southwest Art Gallery (Santa Fe), Texas Figurative Show, Newman Gallery (Dallas), Jack Meier Gallery (Houston), Monte Wade Fine Art Gallery (San Antonio), Boyd Levinson Gallery (Dallas) and Circle Fine Art Gallery (Denver)
I.M Pei building at Fountain Place (Dallas)
Pacificare Corporation (Dallas, Houston and San Antonio)
Mary Kay Cosmetics private collection
Roger Staubach private collection
Rocky Mountain Investors (Denver)
Hugh and Walters (Houston)
Justin Leonard (Professional Golfer)
Fujitsu Corporation private collection
Central Bank of Westminster (Colorado)
Cover Design Modern Poetry
Cover winner for Artist Encyclopedia of Living Artists
Artists' Community Partner Award (Colleyville, TX)
Greyhound Adoption League Award (Dallas)
Art in America
Southwest Art Magazine
American Artists Series (45 images published)