The end of the year is a great time to look back and reflect on what God has done in our lives. I have been a special project (and continue to be). I am amazed at how far He has taken me. As I’ve bumbled my way through the years, the evidence of His handiwork and provision are clear. Although I’ve deserved it, He never left me or abandoned me.
I’ve straddled a career in the business world and poured out my heart with my passion for creating art. He has blessed me along both paths, gently reeling me in and casting me out during different seasons. With each high and low I learned a little bit more about Him and His ways. He steadily leads me and sometimes carries me. Through it all, I still wrestle to trust and obey only Him. I am still a work in progress.
Now however, with the perspective of 54 years I have a foundation of past experiences that allow me to anticipate and expect His presence. I now understand that especially during the most desperate times He is always there. He allows those times to happen. Each disaster is a lesson. He gently and patiently guides me as a loving Father to become more like His Son.
At an early age He gave me a love and a passion for creating art. As a young man He gave me a love and a hunger for His Word. It is a miracle for me to see how He has blessed those gifts. It is exciting to think about where He will lead me next. It is not so exciting to think about how He might take me there.
I hope that you know Him and are also aware of His amazing love for you. I hope that you can also look back and see that He has been working all along in your life. He has been there for you too as a loving Father watching over His beloved child. If only we could know and understand why He cares so much about us. Thankfully, we will one day when He welcomes us home.
Thank you for being such a blessing to me and my family in 2015!
Mark Lawrence's limited edition artwork is handcrafted with the intent that each piece will be a family heirloom that is passed on for generations to come. We take the work of producing art that will stand the test of time very seriously.
Mark oversees the entire artwork process to meticulously ensure that the colors, tones and expression for each piece is precise before he signs and numbers each order.
Our Collector's canvas brush stroked limited edition art is ultra hand embellished by Mark to add richly contoured textures to each piece. Mark’s signature on his art is a hallmark for excellence, quality and value for his handcrafted limited editions.
Central to Mark’s painting process is the creation of a digitized composition that expresses the mood, emotion and feelings that he desires each of his inspired pieces to impart.
His unique digital artistic workflow relies upon a cutting edge computer platform and customized art painting software. He uses those tools and his innovative techniques to paint some of the most recognized and distinctive abstract art in the world today.
After each painting is digitally perfected, Mark then meticulously works with his expert giclee printer to ensure that his art file is precisely calibrated for the fine art printing process.
Mark has pioneered and evolved his digital art process as the image processing power of desktop technology has expanded in capacity and capability. Sales of his open edition artwork have generated more than a million dollars in sales in the past two years.
Fine Art Collectors are now benefiting from the rising popularity of Mark’s art by owning his unique handcrafted limited edition pieces. Read below to learn more about how Mark's limited edition artwork is created.
There is a science to printing fine art giclees. Because of this, Mark’s giclee printing process is managed by an expert fine art master printer. All of our signed and numbered limited edition artwork is custom created at the time of order, one piece at a time. Our gallery artwork is created using state of the art high resolution fine art printing technology and archival quality / UV resistant giclee inks.
Our printing process uses unique ICC profiles to ensure expert color calibration of our media and inks. Advanced spectrophotometers are used to analyze art output and to adjust for spot-on color precision. Mark’s limited edition artwork is handcrafted by a fine art printing expert who ensures that the intended colors are brilliantly output to the highest standards of quality possible.
Once printed, our canvases are hand varnished with a clear UV protective finish that enhances color, deepens blacks and provides abrasion protection. This extra step in our process not only gives added protection from harmful UV rays but helps to protect the canvas from scratching.
Mark has pioneered a new ultra textured style for his hand embellished of limited edition canvas artwork. His distinctive technique is to meticulously repaint by hand over the contours of each print with a rich clear acrylic gel medium. The laborious process can take days to complete depending upon the size of the canvas.
The results of Mark’s unique ultra embellishing technique are unique and brilliant. The method adds a bold and expressive dimension of texture that transforms each print into its own unique artwork original.
The last step in our limited edition artwork process is perhaps the most important. Each piece of artwork we create has been custom made for each Collector. Mark’s art is not mass produced. Prior to shipping each order Mark personally inspects each piece to ensure that it meets his standard for quality and excellence.
Only after the inspection is passed is the artwork hand-signed, numbered and approved for release. A Certificate of Authenticity with an identical number that our master printer provides is then matched with the artwork. The limited edition's title and number are logged by the gallery and permanently stricken from world-wide availability.
Please browse Mark’s gallery and let us know which pieces speak to you. We love hearing from fans who have been touched by Mark’s art.
Now it came to pass, while He blessed them, that He was parted from them and carried up into heaven. Luke 24:51
Jesus' Cross is the door by which every member of the human race can enter into the life of God; by His resurrection He has the right to give eternal life to anyone, and by His ascension our Lord entered heaven, keeping the door open for humanity.
Luke 24:51. His Ascension and Our Access. My Utmost For His Highest. Copyright ©2014 by Mark Lawrence. All Rights Reserved.
This painting was inspired by the moving devotions penned and published by Oswald Chambers in his powerful devotional book, My Utmost for His Highest.
"My kingdom is not of this world" -John 18:36
I read a great devotional this morning from My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers. It gave me encouragement about something that I continually wrestle with in my daily Christian walk. The problem of endlessly running on the treadmill of life to try keep one step ahead of the next pressure or disaster that looms on the horizon. As a Christian I often find myself wondering where in life I missed the "abundant life" and "peace that passes all understanding" train.
Yes, Jesus always kept busy doing the work of the Kingdom. But I don't find any stories about Him running behind in His schedule, or being frustrated about all of the obstacles that life threw in His schedule. True to His word, Jesus was anxious about nothing as He patiently walked through, and dealt with the challenges and circumstances that He encountered each day.
The text from today's devotional struck me as I contemplated my treadmill dilemma-
"You have no idea of where or how God is going to engineer your future circumstances, and no knowledge of what stress and strain is going to be placed on you either at home or abroad. And if you waste your time in over-activity, instead of being immersed in the great fundamental truths of God’s redemption, then you will snap when the stress and strain do come."
I experienced a great "a-ha" moment as I re-read these words. What is the great fundamental truth mentioned here?
The life changing revelation is that I have been eternally saved and adopted into God's Kingdom as a beloved child. I am a merely a visitor and a stranger to this world where I now reside. My purpose in this short visit isn't to do anything but God's will as he reveals it to me one step at a time through those pesky circumstances that I desperately try to avoid. God has not, and will not bring anything to me here that I will be unable to bear.
I need to stop asking the Holy Spirit to continually lead me, but rather listen and obey Him where He has placed me right now. My great hope is knowing that one day I will be with my Lord forever in His Kingdom, where I belong and long to be!
Jesus wasn't ever in a hurry or anxious because He knew that every circumstance He encountered was perfectly engineered by His Heavenly Father. Jesus came here to do His Father's work. His circumstances were not an accident. Those circumstances were God's exactly engineered intersections between Himself and a lost or wayward child.
Jesus answered his accuser, "My kingdom is not of this world" —John 18:36. While in His time of greatest distress on earth, Jesus kept His focus on where He was ultimately headed, and on who He came here to serve. Light-bulb! I need to do the same thing.
This isn't the first blog post that I've written about this verse. Perhaps it is time that I stop talking about about what God keeps telling me as I stumble across this eternal wisdom, and put it into practice!
My Kingdom Is Not Of This World. John 18:36. , Copyright © 2010 by Mark Lawrence. All Rights Reserved.
The Unheeded Secret. John 18:36 Copyright © 2013 by Mark Lawrence. All Rights Reserved.
I am a personal fan and supporter of the ministry and teaching of Joyce Meyer. One of my favorite books is Battlefield Of The Mind that Joyce wrote several years ago. I have read it personally several times and have passed along copies to my older children.
Over the past several months I have been creating a series of new paintings that are inspired by some of my favorite teachings and verses from this book. The new Battlefield Of The Mind Series is a unique collection of some of my most colorful and expressive artwork. I hope that you enjoy this art and are encouraged and inspired by the life-changing truths shared in these bible verses.
As you browse through these new additions, please let me know your thoughts!
Blessings to you,
It has been a very busy couple of months as I've been working to fulfill some large Christmas orders of my hand embellished canvas giclees. Thankfully these orders have been arriving early in the season. It takes a lot of work to essentially over-paint by hand each of the giclees with a heavy gloss acrylic gel medium.
I add the brushstrokes as I follow the contours of the giclee's composition. The brushstrokes add rich layers of texture and dimension that make each piece a unique work of art that is virtually indistinguishable from an oil or acrylic painting.
I've pasted below a couple of of close-up images to give you an idea of the hand texturing effect-
Hand Embellished & Textured Limited Edition Giclee- Jesus Christ, The Messiah
Hand Embellished & Textured Limited Edition Giclee- Endless Love And Mercy. Lamentations 3:22
It's not too late to place your order for a beautiful limited edition hand textured canvas giclee. Place your order soon to ensure that the most special gift under your Christmas tree will arrive in time!
Please Contact Us today if you have any questions about Mark's beautiful Limited Edition hand textured canvas giclee artwork.