All proceeds from the sale of Mark Koritz's paintings and wood art are donated to the St. Louis Men’s Group Against Cancer.
The St. Louis Men’s Group Against Cancer is a non-profit organization that raises money for cancer research, care and prevention. The STLMGAC has given financial assistance to cancer- related organization for 50 years. To see a list of organizations and causes they support visit their website at www.mensgroupagainstcancer.org
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Meet the Artist:
Mark has always had a fascination with wood, especially exotic and unusual species. So, it was a natural for him to turn this interest into a hobby later in life. His imagination and perception led to the creation of original artworks and furniture with the “personality” of the wood as the focal point. Mark has been doing successful art shows around the country exhibiting his wood wall hangings and his unique tables and benches.
He was often told by other artists, particularly painters, that he should try painting since he has such a good eye for color and composition. He didn’t give it much thought until visiting an art store with his granddaughter, who was majoring in art at college. She kept pressing him to “buy some paint and canvases and give it a try.” That was then, and a few hundred paintings later here we are! Painting has become his passion.
Having never been formally trained as an artist, Mark knows he has some disadvantages, but there are real advantages too. He never starts a painting with preconceived ideas, and his mind is able to float free. Mark is creating paintings that he hopes other people will enjoy looking at as much as he has enjoyed making them.
Early mornings you can find Mark in his studio with all types of music playing, a cup of hot coffee in one hand and a paint brush in the other. He says, “Nothing is better than that!”