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One of our most popular artists in LUMEN, Mark Yanowsky uses repurposed wood and paint to create his one-of-a-kind pieces. 

A little from Mark about his work:

“Painting on found wood, with each piece having qualities of texture, decay, and grain is always an organic and intuitive process. The experience is much like surfing for me. The pursuit of a beautiful line, in a changing environment, is exhilarating. Add to it the power of color, shape, and texture and I’ll stay at it for hours. 

Lately, I have been enjoying the texture and decay of fences, barn wood, and oxidizing metals. The process of using the reclaimed wood involves hunting for it in the landfill or elsewhere, cleaning repeatedly until the piece can be painted on. The surface quality serves as a landscape.

I have lived in Santa Cruz and the larger Bay area my whole life. This place defines me and how I approach the world. The ocean, in particular, has taught me a lot about impermanence and the fluidity of experience.”

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