Mark Christopher Weber was born in Cleveland, Ohio in 1949 and
grew up in towns in Ohio, Missouri, California and Arkansas. He
Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Arkansas where he studied
painting under Donald Roller Wilson and sculpture under Robert Sweeny.
After his graduation in 1972, he began his career as a professional
painter. Since 1973 he has lived and worked in Kansas City,
Artists who have influenced Weber's work include Vermeer, Rembrandt,
Caravaggio, Frederick Church, Thomas Moran, Georges de la Tour, William
Harnett and Canaletto.
Mark writes the following about
I've always found it very satisfying and exciting to create
objects with my hands. Throughout childhood I enjoyed working
usual children's art materials, especially modeling with clay and
cartoons. Despite my keen interest in art, any thought of taking
training was squelched for a number of years when I nearly flunked an
class in junior high. I was so distressed by the experience that
I vowed to
never take another art class.
In spite of my continuing interest in doing art, I stuck with my vow
and studied journalism in college. However, I drew and sculpted
recreation. I began to copy old masters' drawings and in this
how they used line, cross-hatching and shading to develop form and
expression. Then I began doing my own renderings of photos that
As I continued, I discovered that I had a deep attachment to art.
the same time, I was learning that journalism was not my cup of
summer between my sophomore and junior year I worked as an intern on a
large southern California newspaper. After that experience I was
wanted to be an artist rather than a reporter.
By then I was willing to risk
art classes again and took life drawing,
sculpture and painting. My initial interest was in sculpture, and
I only took
painting out of curiosity. But once I began working with oils, I
enchanted. Roller Wilson, my painting instructor, is a master of
representational painting and excellent in teaching the basics of oil
technique. I now paint primarily in oils, but use acrylics from
time to time.
As I discovered my talent in painting and developed my skill, I
gradually gave more emphasis to it than to
sculpture. From the very
beginning the thing that fascinated me most
was the quality of light: how it
falls on objects and reveals their form and
how it can be used to revel the
character and heart of people.
College was also a time of personal change for me.
When I began
in 1968, I was an atheist. But, as a
result of my studies in biology,
representational painting, and history (one
of my on-going interests) I
found my "faith" challenged. In
biology I discovered the incredible
complexity of living organisms.
Through realistic painting I learned new
and analytical ways of seeing things, and saw in a new way how intricate
and unified the physical world is. It is far more wonderful than
could be accounted for by the chance mechanisms of evolution. I
abandon my atheism and conclude there must be some sort of intelligent
force responsible for the existence and structure of the
universe. Around the
same time I was learning from history that human beings have a deeply
rooted propensity for destructive, evil and foolish behavior which
be constant regardless of culture, race or level of civilization.
evident to me that our human plight was so desperate that we needed the
help of the universe's Creator, although I had no idea who that might
Shortly after my graduation in 1972 I had a person-to-person
encounter with Jesus the Messiah and became a Christian. Since
sought to bring all aspects of my life, including my art work, into
with the teaching of the Bible and the Lord's ongoing dealings with
have ended up painting mostly landscapes
and the human figure and face. In
landscapes I am able to share my experience
of God's power and majesty in
creation. In the paintings of
people I can delve into the joys, pains and
frailties of human life, as well as God's
love for us and His ability to redeem.
In 1979 I married Randi, a woman whose spiritual understanding
and direction matched my own. One of
those directions was to be available
to give suffering people a helping
hand. That motivated us to buy a large, old,
run down house in an inner city
neighborhood. As we had opportunity, we
invited various homeless people in to live
with us until they could take care of
their next step. These included people
from our own community as well as
people who had escaped to America from war
torn countries. As we had
resources and time we gradually rehabbed the
house and soon filled it with
five children of our own. As our
children grew older, we focused most of
our time and energy on our own family.
Of course I kept painting, sending
my work off to galleries in the Southwest
where they were well received and
provided a living for my family.
In 2004, as our last child turned 18, Randi and I began
for new spiritual direction for this new season of our lives. I
forward to more opportunity to focus on my art career, and want to
teaching to pass on my knowledge to the next generation.
ABOUT THE ARTIST