Tuesday, May 1, 2012


Spending most of his life in the heart of Texas, Mark Haworth captures a loosely painted realism of light and mood, depicting a singular moment fixed in timeless harmony. Motivated by the subtle nuances of rivers, canyons and vistas, he paints with a conviction of emotion that he hopes to inspire in those who see his work.  He has kept this inspiration in the forefront of his vision as he paints the tapestry of the ever changing Western landscape onto canvas.
After high school he was apprenticed by the nationally renowned portrait painter, Glenn Bahm. Glenn taught him that one could make a career of painting only through a sound conventional training in art fundamentals and an in-depth study of the old masters. Glenn stressed the importance of color, composition, values, and edges.
Mark entered Sam Houston State University in 1973 to study classical guitar, but by his sophomore year he changed his major to art, graduating in 1977 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree. After college, he primarily focused on commission work, painting several commissioned landscapes from Florida, Louisiana, Texas, the Southwest, and Mountain States.

Winter Stream Canyonlands

The Watchman
Images from astoriafineart.com

Inspired by the scenery and quality of the silvery light of the Texas Hill Country, Mark Haworth moved to Fredericksburg Texas in 1983. Since that time, he has participated in numerous one man and group gallery shows, as well as in museum exhibitions, throughout the country. (markhaworth.com)
Mark Haworth has an engaging smile and a slender, athletic build. He greets visitors with friendly southern hospitality, and it’s immediately apparent that he enjoys his life and loves his work. One look at his art, and you know the Texas landscape is in his blood. He frequently paints the Texas Hill Country, striving to interpret the essence of its wooded canyons, spring-fed rivers, and hillsides blooming with spring wildflowers. “The scenery here, and the beautiful quality of light as it falls on the land, is constant sources of inspiration,” says the artist.

From southwestart.com

ROCKBOUND, a study in serenity is a fine example of Mark Haworth’s talent for enticing a viewer to linger. The artist found the spot while hiking through Sabinal Canyon in central Texas. “The quiet pond enhanced by the striking play of autumn light, the abundance of different sized rocks and boulders, and the transparency of the reflections on the water held all the elements of mood and light I love to paint,” he notes.

Poppies in the Yard
From artistdaily.com

The above and beyond
From insightgallery.com

Scarlet Regalia

Hunter's Moon

Desert Spring
Images from faso.com

From an artistically gifted family, Mark Haworth left academia with a B.F.A. from Sam Houston State University and then quickly earned recognition as an independent working artist. Haworth has participated in numerous one-person and group shows as well as in museum exhibitions throughout the country. He was selected for the top 100 in the nationally recognized Art for the Parks contest in 2005, and he was selected for the top 200 in 2006. In 2007, Haworth won Best in Show and in 2009, the Artists’ Choice award at the National Western Art Foundation’s Night of Artists sale in San Antonio. He has been featured in Southwest Art, Western Art Collector, Art of the West, and American Artist magazines. Haworth’s painting, El Mercado, was featured on the front cover of the March 2009 issue of American Artist. Haworth is represented by Insight Gallery in Fredericksburg, Texas and Astoria Fine Art in Jackson, Wyoming.
Recent Awards & Honors:
2009: Featured on the cover of American Artist Magazine (March issue)
2009: Featured ‘Guest Artist’ at the prestigious Maynard Dixon Art Show
2009: Artist’s Choice Award – National Western Art Foundation
2007: Best of Show – National Western Art Foundation
2005: Top 100 paintings of the year – National Arts for the Parks Competition Mark has also been featured in American Artist, Art of the West, Southwest Art, and Western Art Collector magazines. (astoriafineart.com)

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