Mark Cleveland is a contemporary visual artist working in oil, pen & ink and stained glass. Inspired by the work of the American masters of the early 1900’s, landscapes and portraits combine a saturated pallet and sensitive treatment of light rendered in Oil following Plein Aire tradition. While predominately a painter and illustrator, he is also an accomplished stained glassier which heavily influences the way he seeks out the spiritual element of light in all mediums.
As a young man he was adopted by a Native American spiritual elder who encouraged him to explore that part of his heritage. This passionate and rich journey led to decades of service to the Native American Community, an intimate immersion in wilderness and indigenous culture. An avid fly fisherman, he began his career by contributing detailed illustrations to outdoor fishing magazines. He attended classes at the “American Academy of Art” where he focused on use of color and composition. This foundation continues to influence his work as an accomplished artist .
Member : Palette & Chisel Academy of Chicago, Plein Air Painters of Chicago, Elliot Donnelley Trout Unlimited, Capturing Nature in Pastel & Paint, Evanston Made