MARK BLANCHARD is a NC native, born in Tarboro, and currently calls Durham his home. He started his artistic journey at an early age with drawing and painting. After a love of music came along, he ended up playing in a psychedelic-rock band in Raleigh in the late 80’s. When the Rockstar vision fizzled, photography became his main exploration and continues to be his main artistic inspiration today, but now with more of an abstract examination.
These days he is still creative in photography, but mostly he is spending his artistic energy developing fabric collages and primitive painting, that uncovers the childlike visions that only a naive hand can produce.
With any of these artistic journeys, Mark’s playful energy is to create a mood with his art that’s more airy than grounded, foolish rather than factual, but in the end, sincere enough to generate feelings and emotions within the viewer.
Mark has exhibited at the Durham Art Guild, Carrack Gallery and Duke University Hospital.