Mark Hillard 2017

Born July 25, 1953

Casey, Illinois
MA Psychology, BA, Eastern Illinois University
Drawing and painting has been a major part of Marks life since an early age. He began college as a Fine Arts major, but ultimately graduated with a non-art degree from EIU and pursued a career in business, in large corporations for over 35 years. During this time he worked only intermittently with painting and drawing. Following retirement, Mark has returned full-time to art and reinvested himself in refining his skills and direction.
Marks primary interests are color and geometry of the human form. He most frequently works in Acrylic, Oil and Ink.  Primarily a painter, over the last two years he has been exploring the juxtaposition of spontaneity versus his natural inclination to obsess on the legitimacy of a “finished” product. Transferring the almost subconscious quality of a “napkin sketch” to a finished, large painting is always a psychological challenge for Mark. Most recently, Mark has, experimented with enlarging sketched compositions digitally, printing on canvas and then finishing in oil or acrylic. This investigation almost always manifests itself in the figure and the inherent geometry of the form and its context.