As a young kid I remember days of asking my mother; "what can I make today, I want to create something." From a young age I worked for my uncle who was a skilled craftsman. I picked up knowledge and many skills using tools, materials and their applications. I graduated from Fulton Montgomery Community College in 2013 and during my last semester there I began working with additive sculpture and it allowed me to express myself, create and build artwork in a way that was good for me. Over the last few years I have worked with Jon Swartwout at Fisher of the Berry Studio learning all about woodworking, traditional adirondack furniture building and the harvesting and uses of natural materials. Organic elements and trees were always an interest and choice material for me so learning these skills has allowed me to take my work in the right direction. In addition my influences are vast, ranging from non-western art history and culture, everyday life, music, the adirondacks and extended natural world. I have deep admiration for the aesthetics and conceptual ideas of the; arts and crafts, art nouveau, art deco and surrealism movements.
I am the proud artist, owner and operator of my business "MarkWoodArts" which was founded in 2013 after the completion of my first degree. Currently my focus on Contemporary Adirondack rustic lighting and Nature inspired abstract sculpture. In my work I aim to carry on the tradition of the Adirondack twig furniture work but staged in new light.
I am currently re-attending FMCC for an anticipated Associate degree in business marketing in 2019.
In 2017 I was honored to become a juried artis of the Arts & Craftsman Guild at the historic Roycroft Campus
"Everything that I have done has led me to where I am, and everything I am doing will take me where Im going."