Featured Artist Jorn Lynae Mork

Artist Jorn Lynae Mork presents an uplifting portfolio of colorful, stylized works filled with symbolic references. Enjoy, and learn more by visiting her website.

 

“Walking With Flowers” Oil Pastel, 26” x 20” by artist Jorn Mork. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Walking With Flowers” Oil Pastel, 26” x 20”

 

When asked who or what I am I say, “An artist.”

What kind of an artist?  Watercolor, oils……?

“I’m an artist who doesn’t quit trying to add something of permanence to the world.”

 

“An Accounting of Bees” Oil Pastel, 24” x 20” by artist Jorn Mork. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“An Accounting of Bees” Oil Pastel, 24” x 20”

 

I grew up in Minnesota and was raised by two amazing parents. They introduced me to art, sculpture, determination, a love for the land and archaeology. I am a self-taught painter. I have taken two workshops on printmaking and mixed media from Haystack Mountain School of Crafts. I learned jewelry fabrication at Penland School of Craft.

 

“Procession” Oil Pastel, 24” x 20” by artist Jorn Mork. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Procession” Oil Pastel, 24” x 20”

 

In 1986, I bought a van and an etching press. I love the process and smell of inks and printmaking. Eventually, I turned from printmaking to painting. My studio, which consisted of a dining room and kitchen, turned into an actual studio with large north facing windows that light the magic of paint and oil pastels.

 

Artist Jorn Lynae Mork’s Studio. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

Artist Jorn Lynae Mork’s studio

 

Oil pastels are an immediate blast of color on a dark gessoed surface. They are an adventure in layering one color upon another—the texture is like drawing with lipstick.

 

“Cranes” Oil Pastel, 26” x 20” by artist Jorn Mork. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Cranes” Oil Pastel, 26” x 20”

 

When painting, sometimes I put oil paint on with my fingers, skipping a brush altogether. I like to paint on board rather than canvas because I like the feeling of connecting paint to a solid surface.

 

“Walking Carefully” Oil Pastel, 20” x 26” by artist Jorn Mork. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Walking Carefully” Oil Pastel, 20” x 26”

 

My colors are generally bright. I’ve taken lessons from finches turning yellow in spring. I think of the red from trumpet vines and poppies. Archaeology enters in. I paint subtle purples and greys from rocks or rusty red from handprints I’ve seen on temple walls.

 

“Maura’s Flowers” Oil Pastel on Board, 30” x 30” by artist Jorn Mork. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Maura’s Flowers” Oil Pastel on Board, 30” x 30”

 

My subjects are: Time. Women. Birds. Energy. Sunlight. Animals. Rocks. Trees. Wind. My subjects are interactions between each or all of them. I try to paint the connections I feel. Using paint, color, lines and symbolism, a painting emerges of an archetypal scene calling the viewer to become involved even if only for a moment.

 

“Wind Up Bird” Oil Pastel on Board, 30” x 30” by artist Jorn Mork. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Wind Up Bird” Oil Pastel on Board, 30” x 30”

 

I try to paint the way a meadowlark sings. Lines become the energetic swirls of wind and a woman may show the strength of a mountain or the resilience of a tree.

 

“Springtime Tea” Oil Pastel and Oil Paint on Board, 30” x 30” by artist Jorn Mork. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Springtime Tea” Oil Pastel and Oil Paint on Board, 30” x 30”

 

My childhood became who I am now—a self-taught, determined artist, influenced by the world around me and a world that preceded me. My art is stylized. My figures are tall. My titles are necessary.

 

“Quiet Moment” Oil Pastel and Oil Paint on Board, 30” x 30” by artist Jorn Mork. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Quiet Moment” Oil Pastel and Oil Paint on Board, 30” x 30”

 

I think I make honest art. It says who I am. Maybe I am adding something reflective to the world and maybe something significant.

 

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