Mark grew up in Centralia, Illinois. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from Southern Illinois University. His graduate work includes studies in sociology and art. During his post-graduate work, Mark was able to study under sculptors Lincoln Fox and Valentin Okorokov; master patineur, Patrick Kipper; and painter, Albert Handel.
In addition to the meditative and mesmerizing kinetic wind sculptures for which he is so well-known, Mark White is a prodigious painter. After taking a break from oil painting for more than a decade, Mark recently started painting again. He has returned with a fresh outlook and an ever-evolving vision of the world around him. As the world is continually evolving, Mark feels that his continual growth is an important pursuit.
“My creation process is serendipitous, following a certain line of experimentation without clinging to a known hypothesis. This process guides my art in many directions, including work with engraved patina paintings as well as wind-and-water driven kinetic sculptures. I strive to fill all my work with real and implied movement. I love learning and am always exploring my artistic boundaries, searching for the path less traveled.”