May 04, 2020
We are bringing artistry to you during this season of COVID-19. We all need ways to rest and embrace mindfuness. Grace sat down and chatted with artist, Mark Lewis Wagner about using art to inspire us during this season. He is an internationally known illustrator, painter, digital artist, author, and educator. You can read the rest of his bio below with his website.
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Mark's Website: http://www.marklewiswagner.com/
Mark's Bio: Mark Lewis Wagner, MA is an internationally known illustrator, painter, digital artist, author, and educator. He has worked with Pixar/Disney, the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History, SpaceX, Target, Samsung, Oakland Museum, and Oakland Zoo.
With his master’s degree in the Arts, Wagner specializes in visionary art, and has an in-depth understanding in the psychology of imagery, symbolism, mythology, shamanism, and storytelling. Wagner has created 2 self-published books, “Drawing on Earth: The Making of a World Record,” and “The Art of Being a Dad.”
His nonprofit Drawing on Earth has a Guinness World Record for the largest chalk drawing. They have drawn on 3 continents and have creatively worked with 30,000 kids and adults. He has taught in state prison, graduate school, digital art school, and elementary school. Wagner was awarded an NEA grant in the early 80’s to explore digital art making.
Wagner has created 5 pieces of art photographed by satellite, one being at Burning Man. He spends half the year in Oakland CA, and the other half in his studio in New Mexico. He can sometimes be found exploring an abandoned psych hospital and a decommissioned military base with the spirit of a dog known as Mr. Z.
Wagner is currently working on his own sci-fi, fantasy graphic novel called "Graffiti Wars - When Art Saved the World."
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