Capturing the visual essence of a special place, a wonderful memory or a magical moment in time is what defines artist Mark Hurd’s vivid ink on paper prints. Visit his website to see more.
I have always been drawn to bright, vivid colors and contrast, from the bright city lights against the silhouettes of city buildings to the infinite, saturated colors of nature late on a summer day. It brings me joy to go on a “walk about” and be able to capture a great shot of a significant landmark or beautiful landscape.
In my early artistic development, I concentrated on drawing and graphics in a career in advertising as a graphic designer and art director. This concentration evolved into a technique I developed in digital art.
The technique I use begins with a combination of my photography and sketches. I then layer hand drawn and colored shapes digitally to create a contemporary work of art.
My major creative influences include Vincent Van Gogh and Edward Hopper. But perhaps the most influential artist for me was my painting professor Bill Kohn. From his work, I gained my appreciation for abstract planes of intense contrast and dazzling hues. I received my BFA from Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri in 1987.
I have been creating my original prints since 2004 and founded my company, Dancing Moon Graphics in 2008. A main focus of Dancing Moon Graphics is to create and sell my fine art prints to private collectors, public gallery exhibitions and corporate interior design groups.
Over the past several years, I have found that partnering with interior design groups with a special emphasis on retirement communities and hospital environments helps individuals with recall of a wonderful memory.
I also create one-of-a kind commissions for non-profit groups to help them raise funds for their programs. I have been honored to receive numerous awards at art fairs and exhibitions including Best in Digital, Best in Photography and Best in Graphics.
It brings such satisfaction when I overhear someone talking about a special memory that has been brought back to them by looking at my artwork. It means so much to me that they want to capture those memories by having my art work in their home or office.