Inspired by the sublime qualities of nature, Mark Butler’s atmospheric landscape paintings reveal his creative vision through loose layers of calligraphic brushwork that create pictorial depth which is both intimate and expansive. Subtle traces of color and form suggest a hillside, dense foliage, or the water’s edge attuning the viewer to memory, meditation, and meaning that is open for interpretation. Rather than creating landscapes from direct observation, Butler paints from remembered impressions of the environment, drawing on memories of the landscape generated by frequent walks near his studio or past travels.
Stemming from a long tradition of Bay Area figurative painting, Mark Butler’s current work continues the perennial and existential question of interrelationships between people and nature. His work is shown nationally and is included in many private collections. Mark Butler lives near San Francisco, California.