Mark Berger

"Life delights in life" --- William Blake

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Mark Berger Posted Artwork 
2 months ago 
Nate by Mark Berger
Charcoal 12 x 9
 
 

 
Mark Berger Posted Artwork 
2 months ago 
When the Sky Clears by Mark Berger
Acrylic 18 x 24
 
 

 
Mark Berger Posted Artwork 
2 months ago 
Self Portrait by Mark Berger
Acrylic 14 x 11
 
 

 
Mark Berger Posted Artwork 
4 months ago 
Wet and Windy by Mark Berger
20 x 16
 
 

 
Mark Berger Posted Artwork 
4 months ago 
Wet and Windy 2 by Mark Berger
14 x 11
 
 

 
Mark Berger Posted Artwork 
5 months ago 
Bob Smith by Mark Berger
Charcoal 14 x 11
 
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Mark Berger Posted Artwork 
6 months ago 
Mrs. Claus by Mark Berger
Acrylic 8 x 12
 
 

 
Mark Berger Posted Artwork 
7 months ago 
Seth by Mark Berger
Acrylic 20 x 16
 
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Mark Berger Posted Artwork 
9 months ago 
2018 Federal Duck Stamp Entry by Mark Berger
Acrylic 7 x 10
 
 

 
Mark Berger Posted Artwork 
9 months ago 
Chillin' Cat by Mark Berger
Acrylic 6 x 6
 
 

 
Mark Berger Posted Artwork 
9 months ago 
Lone Surfer by Mark Berger
Acrylic 3.75 x 5
 
 

 
Mark Berger Posted Artwork 
10 months ago 
Admiration by Mark Berger
Acrylic 18 x 14
 
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Maureen Vezina 9 months ago
Self admiration? :))) great piece!
Mark Berger 9 months ago
Thanks, Maureen!

 
Mark Berger Posted Artwork 
10 months ago 
Older Guys Rule by Mark Berger
Acrylic 3.75 x 5
 
 

 
Mark Berger Posted Artwork 
10 months ago 
Surfer and Board by Mark Berger
Acrylic 3.5 x 5.5
 
 

 
Mark Berger Posted Artwork 
10 months ago 
Sunset Beach at Sunset by Mark Berger
Acrylic 12 x 24
 
 

 
Mark Berger Posted Artwork 
12 months ago 
Dan Monson by Mark Berger
Charcoal 14 x 11
 
Dan Monson coached Gonzaga basketball prior to Mark Few. He now coaches at Cal State Long Beach.
 

 
Mark Berger Posted Artwork 
13 months ago 
Kathy by Mark Berger
Charcoal 12 x 8
 
 

 
Mark Berger Posted Artwork 
13 months ago 
David Leffel in Charcoal by Mark Berger
Charcoal 12 x 8
 
I did this drawing after attending the 20th annual Portrait Society of America's conference in Reston, VA.
 

 
Mark Berger Posted Artwork 
14 months ago 
Cautiously Optomistic by Mark Berger
Acrylic 18 x 14
 
Could resist the title because it is the first painting I did after having a successful prostatectomy and because it represents the slightly cautious attitude toward the future that comes with having had cancer.
 

 
Mark Berger Posted Artwork 
17 months ago 
Awfully Good Girl by Mark Berger
Acrylic 16 x 12
 
 

 
Mark Berger Posted Artwork 
19 months ago 
Santa 2017 by Mark Berger
Acrylic 8.25 x 14.625
 
This was painted to be our Christmas card for 2017. It was done with a particular emphasis on texture and color.
 

 



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Biography
I’m originally from Pittsburgh, PA, where I attended Saturday morning art classes at Carnegie Museum and twice tried out for the Pirates. I went to Penn State, where I studied mechanical engineering and played on the baseball team. After graduation, I moved to Southern California to start a career as a mechanical engineer in the aerospace industry. In the past 40 years I married, raised a family, and worked on lots of cool stuff including the Space Station and Space Shuttle. I’ve been high up on a launch tower at Cape Canaveral and low down in a submarine. Now I spend my time in my home studio, painting fine art as a second career.
 
For me, painting or drawing is like meditating on a series of Zen1 koans, unsolvable riddles used as a tool to calm the mind. The riddle for me is the search for the triple point of a career where selfish interests, the desire to please others, and the validation of making money intersect. In physics, the triple point of water is the pressure and temperature at which water can simultaneously exist as ice, liquid, and vapor.2 The triple point is a precarious state in which the slightest change in pressure or temperature causes the immediate transition from one phase to another. Similarly, it is my internal passion (or temperature) and external influences (or pressure) that cause my state of mind to move, always striving for and then often passing through that elusive triple point of motives in which I’m feeling fulfilled, generating genuine appreciation from others, and making a buck all at the same time.
 
Because each painting becomes a new koan, started with varying amounts of passion and external influences that may or may not be fulfilled, it is very difficult to maintain any consistency at the triple [...]

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