Mary Mark

Oil Pastels / Paintings / Printmaker

Artist Bio

I have always been an artist from drawing outside the mimeographed lines in kindergarten to two bachelor degrees in 1974 and 1978 and presence at the opening Tiger Lily Press (a cooperative printshop) in 1980. Twenty six years of selling Handmade Paper (self taught), Etchings and Monoprints (Ohio University and Lehman College), Linocuts (originally Girl Scouts!) to Oil Pastel Paintings (studies for large linocuts) through both wholesale and retail venues. In my sixth decade, I gave into the pressure of the next best image, the next biggest show, the next printmaking competition and arthritis and became a grocery clerk who paints small, affordable, simple fresh images for one retail show per year – Studio Collection in November. Today I am retired and continue to paint, garden, exercise and stay healthy.


Solo Shows

  • “Mary Mark, Works on Paper”
    • Butler Institute of American Art
    • Youngstown, Ohio 2007
  • “View from a Room; One Woman Show at HoFP”
    • House of Frames and Paintings
    • Columbia, South Carolina 2006


  • “Best in Printmaking”
    • Krasl Art Fair on the Bluff
    • St. Joseph, Michigan 2006 & 2007
  • “Best in Printmaking and Drawing”
    • Summerfair Art Show
    • Cincinnati, Ohio 2004, 05,06,07
  • “Second Best”
    • Third Biennial National Print Exhibition
    • North Arizona University, Flagstaff 2006
  • Best of Show “Ohio Plus 5 Exhibition”
    • Dairy Barn Art Center
    • Athens, Ohio 2006
  • Purchase Award at “Prints USA”
    • Springfield Art Museum
    • Springfield, Missouri 2005
  • “Artist Merit Award”
    • Cherry Creek Art Festival
    • Denver, Colorado 2005
  • “Best of Show”
    • Hyde Park Art Show
    • Cincinnati, Ohio 2004