Featured Artist Mark McCall

Artist Mark McCall has always been fascinated by the emotional effect light has on space when it transmits through color. Visit his website to see more of his stained glass art.

 

"Dreaming Tree" Stained Glass, Lead Came and Copper Foil, 46” x 43” by artist Mark McCall. See his portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Dreaming Tree” Stained Glass, Lead Came and Copper Foil, 46” x 43”

 

I have always been fascinated by stained glass—light filtering through colored glass illuminates and softens space while textures on the glass bend light into ephemeral beams, almost always setting the tone of a space to one of peace and contemplation.

 

"Taylor" Stained Glass, Lead Came and Copper Foil, 44” x 26” by artist Mark McCall. See his portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Taylor” Stained Glass, Lead Came and Copper Foil, 44” x 26”

 

My stained glass art is an expression of the landscape—physical and emotional—surrounding me. I see things all around that influence, inspire and stimulate ideas in me.

 

"John 316" Stained Glass, Lead Came and Copper Foil, 33” x 59” by artist Mark McCall. See his portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“John 3:16” Stained Glass, Lead Came and Copper Foil, 33” x 59”

 

Sometimes it is beauty in nature and sometimes it is a scripture in the Bible. Sometimes it is simply the piece of glass that I pick up.

 

"Living Water" Stained Glass and Lead Came, 19” x 27” by artist Mark McCall. See his portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Living Water” Stained Glass and Lead Came, 19” x 27”

 

One of my favorite things to do is use reclaimed materials (glass, wood and instruments), giving them a new and different life by adding the illuminating and reflective qualities of stained glass.

 

"Living God Consuming Fire" Stained Glass and Lead Came, #2 in a Series of 8 Panels, 18.5” x 83” Each by artist Mark McCall. See his portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Living God Consuming Fire” Stained Glass and Lead Came, #2 in a Series of 8 Panels, 18.5” x 83” Each

 

Many old stained glass windows in churches are composed of images that tell a story or convey a message. In the eastern world, learning is still accomplished using stories told through pictures and symbols. To me, stained glass is a natural medium to translate a story or message into visual imagery. Many of the pieces I have designed, in particular my spiritually themed panels, contain symbols and metaphors. I hope to convey, through my art, the feelings and emotions of the story behind these symbols.

 

“Spirit Fall—Awake My Soul” Stained Glass and Lead Came, 8 panels, 7’ x 20’ by artist Mark McCall. See his portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Spirit Fall—Awake My Soul” Stained Glass and Lead Came, 8 panels, 7’ x 20’

 

Other than a basic fundamental stained glass class in 2002, my training has been experiential. When I was young, I loved to draw. In junior high school, art class was my favorite subject. In high school I took mechanical drawing, and loved the detail and precision of drafting.

 

"Cowboy Guitar" Stained Glass and Copper Foil, 15" x 40" by artist Mark McCall. See his portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Cowboy Guitar” Stained Glass and Copper Foil, 15″ x 40″

My other strong interest, however, was science and I ended up in the field of dentistry. Art was put on the back burner as I established my life in the dental profession.

 

Artist Mark McCall in his studio. See his portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

Artist Mark McCall in his studio

 

I returned to the world of art through stained glass in 2002. My studio is a detached garage, where I can go to get lost producing and creating a variety of stained glass items. As with many artists, the biggest obstacle I face is my need for perfection and the self-defeating thoughts that go along with that.

 

“Frog Guitar” Stained Glass and Copper Foil, 15" x 39" by artist Mark McCall. See his portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Frog Guitar” Stained Glass and Copper Foil, 15″ x 39″

 

Pushing through and trying is, for me, part of the therapeutic, creative process. I am grateful to have so many people in my family that have influenced and encouraged me to expand my creative work, all of which has added dimension to my life through art.

 

"Vincent" Mosaic on Sheet Glass, 18” x 15” by artist Mark McCall. See his portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Vincent” Mosaic on Sheet Glass, 18” x 15”

 

I am very humbled and honored to be chosen as an Artsy Shark featured artist and wish to say thank you!

I want to acknowledge a special person—Sheryl Silberman—for helping me write this. Sheryl is my cousin, a friend, an artist and a poet.

 

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Comments

  1. “Spirit Fall–Awake My Soul” is sublime. And, I love the small Gothic window, for those who’d like to bring the feeling of church into the home. Really like your work.

  2. WOW! What an encouraging comment! Thank you, Judith, for taking the time to look at what I love to do.

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