Stretch & Paint Your Own Canvas

Mark Whitmarsh

January 25 - 26, 2019

10:00 AM - 4:00 PM


Class Description

Have you ever wanted to create a painting with unusual dimensions and cannot find a ready-made canvas that will suit your design? Fear no more! In this brand-new 2-day workshop, master painter Mark Whitmarsh will show you how to construct your own stretcher bars and stretch your own canvas to meet your artistic needs.  Students will bring their own stretcher bars and canvas and all other tools will be provided. As a bonus, Mark will demonstrate techniques for approaching abstract art and students will complete the class by creating artwork on their own self made canvas- an original piece from A-Z!

Supply List

3 Yard Canvas

5 Claymark Select Pine Boards 1 1/2” x 6” (Home Depot). Check for straightness.

Paint, Brushes and Palette of your choice.

Gesso (Optional)

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.

Selected Exhibitions:

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)

Selected Collections:

I.M Pei building at Fountain Place (Dallas)

Pacificare Corporation (Dallas, Houston and San Antonio)

Mary Kay Cosmetics private collection

Roger Staubach private collection

Brinker Corporation

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

Dallas Observer

Southwest Art Magazine

Luxe Magazine

Patron Magazine

American Artists Series (45 images published)