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Starting out, Marks worked with a variety of media, using materials like nylon, aluminum, plastic, and more to create 3 dimensional paintings. What exactly is a 3D painting? Marks described it as a complete mix of materials, shaped into a setting, where paint is the primary medium.
In his current work, however, Marks’ focus in media has shifted to acrylic paint on canvas. “I like painting an experience,” said Marks in describing a series of pieces depicting small towns and settings all over the country. “I don’t like to place people in the setting so that the viewer can feel that they are there by themselves. It is all about their experience and being in that place,” he said.
While Marks mentioned how much he looks to the work of Van Gogh, Larry Rivers, and many more, the local artist gave some good advice himself. “Always be evolving. There is no right or wrong way to paint,” he said.
In participating in the Studio Tour next month, Marks is most excited to share his work with visitors, inviting them into his home, which is like a gallery in and of itself. “Since I paint for me, all I can do is hope they like it,” he said.
Learn more about Dan Marks, his work, and the Ames Area Studio Tour by visiting our website, here.