Artist Mark Gleason finds painting what he fears most very productive. Classically trained at the University Of Bridgeport in Connecticut and Syracuse University in New York, Gleason’s paintings of oceans, lakes and others bodies of water are packed with motion, dark color, and implications about our own mortality.

“Water is one topic out of many that impels me to paint,” Gleason tells me. “I’ve always been comfortable about bodies of water, they’ve always been part of my environment, and I don’t feel comfortable when landlocked. I’ve always been squeamish, though, about what I can’t see. …

Keith Walsh

Adventurer, Reporter, Existentialist

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