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Mark Yearwood is a self-taught artist and graphic designer from Western Oklahoma. He has been in the graphics industry for 27 years where he has developed his strong sense of layout and color. He is now taking the principles of his hands-on design work: layout, color, contrast and balance, and is applying them to fine art.
Making the jump to fine art was a natural progression which enabled him to pull long-stored ideas together in creating unique abstract works which could be described as linear designs with earth influences. Other influences come from Native American art and culture and from his love of architecture, especially the work of Frank Lloyd Wright and Greene & Greene. Many of Yearwood's pieces have hints of rock patterns and other earth elements which play against the use of precise line work.
Yearwood says that working with fine art enables him to achieve self-fulfillment, to experiment with his creativity and to communicate with art patrons. What is inside is being released in the abstract form; it is not representational, allowing for a co-creation of meaning between artist and viewer. Art is ultimately about that human connection.
"Art must be, somehow, essential for life. In fact, art is part of survival; art is part of the human spirit, an unquenchable expression of who we are; art is one of the ways in which we say, "I am alive, and my life has meaning."