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About Mark Witzling Art

Artist Statement

My journey as an artist has evolved from representational oil painting to pure abstraction. I became fascinated with the art of the abstract expressionists and with abstract oil painting as a way to express myself creatively. To be “in the zone”. Painting is a solitary process and I find it meditative, and at times almost a form of prayer. My source of inspiration is truly multi-layered. Intellectually, I try to tackle intangible concepts in my paintings while technically I love using strong color, visually building up layers of paint and then excavating back down to bring forth a contrast of colors and textures. I began to focus on the technique of painting with oil and malleable cold wax medium as a fulfilling way of achieving the effects I was seeking and to bring out my personal creative visions. While painting, I rarely use traditional paint brushes, instead working with a variety of tools like pasty scrapers, rollers, sticks, and even old credit cards to apply and move paint around the surface. The result is often bold, sometimes subtle, and always, at least to me, optimistic, delightful, and engaging.

 I am pleased to have my work appear in the recently (2107) published book Cold Wax Medium – Techniques, Concepts, Conversations and my art has been featured in both print and television.

Background On The Artist


Mark Witzling’s path to artistic memory keeper has been decades in the making. As a marketing and branding strategist, Mark spent his professional career around writers, designers and artists who visually shaped his ideas. It wasn’t until he was in his 40’s and on a trip to Italy that he was moved to helm his own creative trek. Stirred by the frescos of Rome and Florence, where art was intended to be part of the landscape, he picked up a brush when he returned home, diving headfirst into a variety of creative experiences to unleash his own artistic ambition.  His foundation began in representational oil painting, but the combination of oil and cold wax together with more introspective subjects steered him toward abstract art. Studying in the studios of various artists he began to hone his craft.  He has studied in studios across the country, from Santa Fe and Albuquerque  to Wisconsin and Montana.  He continues to paint regularly in the same studio where he started over 15 years ago, and is pleased to have his own dedicated studio space in hometown outside of St. Louis. 

Mark’s work has touched a variety of audiences. His award-winning abstract oil and cold wax paintings have been presented in galleries, group and solo shows and in private collections from the Midwest to New York, Berlin, and Mumbai, and adorn the walls of organizations, homes and businesses.  His first solo show was held in 2013 at Picasso’s in St. Charles, Missouri and he has since had solo exhibitions at locations such as the Renaissance Hotel, Space Design, Third Degree Glass, Starlight Gallery and 1900 Park Creative.  Based in St. Louis, Mark is a member of the Greater St. Louis Art Association, St. Louis Artist Guild, and Art St. Louis, and he is a past board member of MySLArt.  Mark is a juried member of Best Of Missouri Hands and was selected as a St. Louis Art Fair Emerging Artist participant.  Mark and his art have been featured in multiple print and television interviews and his art is included in the recently (2017) published book Cold Wax Medium – Techniques, Concepts, Conversations by Crowell & McLaughlin. His work can be found online at MarkWitzlingArt.com.

Selected Shows and Events


Regional Arts Commission (St. Louis) - Artist Support Grant recipient

St. Louis Art Fair: Emerging Artist Program – St. Louis, MO

2nd Prize Award Recipient OA Gallery, St. Louis for "Winter Arrives" in "Sky's The Limit" show.  June/July 2017 100+ Paintings from 40+ artists.  

Kranzberg Art Foundation – Top 20 Artists Invitational. St. Louis  Upcoming Nov. 2017

Midwest Salute To The Arts, Fairview Heights, IL  Aug. 2017

Schmidt Center For The Arts - Southwest Illinois College. "The Wax Collective" show featuring the work of 5 artists using wax  - June/July 2017

Blooming Artists Project, St. Louis   April/May 2017

Renaissance Hotel St.Louis -  Solo Show February 2017

Starbucks, Westport Plaza – solo display

MySLArt "Best Of Show" Award - January 2017


SOHA Gallery - ManyMini December 2016/January 2017

OA Gallery - Holiday Extravaganza - Invitational

Contemporary Art Musuem, CAM Open Studio   St. Louis MO

Art St. Louis "Serendipity", Juried Show August 2016

MySLArt "33" Show - Awarded "Best of Show"

Grafica Gallery,"Waxing Poetic" 3-artist show  Webster Groves, MO July/August 2016

Green Door Gallery, Webster Groves, MO, May/June 2016

1900 Park Creative Space, Lafayette Square, St. Louis, MO - Solo Show, April 2016
Clayton Fine Art Gallery - Resident Artist
Heather Haymart Gallery - Chesterfield Missouri

Annex Art: Quatrafuss - Juried show  Berlin, Germany  Jan/Feb 2016

Chesterfield City Hall – Solo Show - Invited Artist   January - March 2016

Third Degree Glass Factory - Solo Show  November 2015
Clayton Fine Art Gallery - Resident Artist
Heather Haymart Gallery - Chesterfield Missouri
St. Louis Artist Guild - Collector's Choice
​St. Charles Riverfront Arts ArtWalk - November 2015
Activate Art STL at CIC Innovation Center, St. Louis MO
MOVE, St. Louis Artist Guild - Juried show May-July 2015
Longview Farm, Invited Artist, Town &Country, Missouri  February 2015

"33 December" by MySLART, Old Orchard Gallery, Webster Groves, December 2014
"Positive Memory" Solo Show, SPACE, St. Louis, Missouri  October 2014
Clayton Fine Art Gallery
Serendipity Gallery
"33 August" by MySLART, Old Orchard Gallery, Webster Groves, August 2014

Des Peres Hospital, December 2013 - May 2014
"33 February"  by MySLART, Old Orchard Gallery, Webster Groves, February 2014

"Peace On Earth", Northern Arts Council, Cork Gallery,  December 2013
"33December" by MySLART, Old Orchard Gallery, Webster Groves, December 2013
Lillian Yahn Gallery, St. Charles County Arts Council, Wax Centric Group Show, November 2013
Starlight Gallery, Solo Show - Oct/Nov 2013   Highland, IL
"Clearly Human", Juried Show, St. Louis Artist Guild - Fall 2013
"33October" by MySLArt, Old Orchard Gallery, Webster Groves, October 2013
Northern Arts Council, 427 Gallery "Out of Town" - Fall 2013
"TWO"  - Historic Syndicate Building Gallery - St. Louis, MO.  Fall 2013
Ogletree Deakins Attorney Offices - Clayton, Mo  Fall 2013
Oil/Cold Wax Masters “Explorations 13” – Mineral Point, WI. 2013

Solo Show - "Layers of Art"  Picasso's - Missouri, 2013
Juried Show “Luminous Language” – Foundry Art Centre 2013

Juried Show “Lay of The Land” – St. Louis Artist Guild, Summer 2012
“Wax Centric”, Group Show, Tavern of Fine Arts, St. Louis, Mo. , Fall 2012
Atelier Rosen,  Annual Studio Show  1999-2017


Cold Wax Medium: Techniques, Concepts & Conversations by Crowell & McLaughlin, Squeegee Press, 2017

St. Louis Homes & Lifestyles, August 2017

St. Louis Post Dispatch, May 20, 2017 "Painter Fills His Maryland Heights Home With Art"

ArtsyShark.com  “Ethereal Landscapes” 4/20/17selected artist

Artsy Shark.com “The Art of Color & Texture” 3/24/16 selected artist

St. Louis Post Dispatch, Nov. 30, 2014  “Local artist uses oil and cold wax to create his paintings”

St. Louis Jewish Light, August 12, 2013  “Cold-wax technique brings depth to artist’s work”

Best Of Missouri Hands - Juried Member
Greater St. Louis Art Association - Juried Member, Juror
MySLART, Member and Past Board Member
WaxCentric, Member
St. Louis Artist Guild, Member
Art St. Louis, Member

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