Mark A. Cole Mark A. Cole was born and raised in Joplin, Missouri. He received his Bachelor
of Arts degree from Missouri Southern State University and his Master of Arts
degree from Pittsburg State University. He now teaches art at Thomas Jefferson
Independent Day School in Joplin, Missouri and enjoys creating at his home
studio in Carl Junction, Missouri. Mark shares his home with his lovely wife,
Gelmis, and their twins, Nathan & Sarah.
" I have always been intrigued by the aging process of old photographs and
prints—from their unique saturation of colors to the distressed look brought
upon by human touch and handling. The greatest influence to these pieces is the
daguerreotype process, yet the natural stylization and inherent sense of decay
in the image are what provides its character. My process is manipulating my
photographs by transferring the image to a canvas or board and applying
different mediums like watercolors, dyes, pastels, etc. This gives my art a
unique aged and distressed effect which provides a sense of balance between the
past and present. I apply this process to my subject matter, which I enjoy doing
landscapes, nature, and people."