We had the good fortune of connecting with Mark Clewley and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Mark, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
I always leaned towards it. Art was always a major factor in my life starting with Stephen Gammell from Scary Stories series at age 6. The imagry in them just captured me instantly. As I grew i would doodle and draw on anything I could. It wasn’t till college that I expanded into Photography as well. Was hooked immediately in the first day of class, of what was supposed to be a extra curriculum class.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
My artistic view encompasses many, but playes alot on the beauty in darkness and in light. I draw and photograph life using bright vibrant colors, but also that that is known to be of dark decent. Drawing is that of fantasy and that of Horror visions. Thus drawing from my original influence Mr Gammell.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
A bit of a foodie I definitely introduce the great food spots in town, such as St. FRANCES, Southern Rail.. just so many. Due to the virus many of my favorite drinks spots have been lost. Recent finding is pigtails in desert ridge. And if you can Find great time with The Brush Bar a great Paint and sip time.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
3 of my instructors from college would be the ultimate. George “kip” suddeth from PVCC, for my photography. Aways encouraged, critiqued and made me push my limits. Stephen J. Missal and Lawrence Jones from APix, on always encouraging art. They always encouraged and taught to the fullest, really engaging in was many don’t. And all 3 would point outside sources and competitions to shoot for.
All done by me