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Mark Akins

Contact info:
1320 Chipeta Ave
Grand Junction, CO 81501
p. 303 819-2207
markakinsart@comcast.net
http://www.markakinsart.com

Areas of Concentration:

Painting
Oil
» teacher of this discipline
Murals
Mixed Media

Image
Gallery

STILLNESS ME AND DEKE FOG LIFTING - PAGOSA WARNER LAKE GOLD THE FINS AT SUNRISE FEELING THE BLUES

Biography & Artist's Statements

Mark Akins, a 3rd generation Coloradan, is a member of the Plein Air Artists of Colorado, Plein Air 
Painters of New Mexico and the Outdoor Painters Society (Texas). His mission is to paint for the 
love of color. His hope is that upon viewing one of his pieces, a memory is kindled, an emotion 
touched, or you simply wish you could have been at the time and location he has attempted to 
capture on canvas. He paints with quick, purposeful strokes to capture the spontaneity of the 
moment. The best compliment is when Mark hears a patron remark, “In Mark’s paintings I can feel the 
time of day and tell where the light is coming from.”
At the University of Colorado, Boulder, Mark earned his Master’s degree in Instruction and 
Curriculum design and taught Kindergarten through 3rd grades for 15 years.  Now into his 10th year 
as a full time artist, he focuses on plein air and studio landscapes in oil. Mark states, “I have 
been blessed with a wonderful wife, family, and friends who support me in my artistic pursuits, as 
well as an affinity for the beauty around us. My desire is to capture it on canvas.”
Mark gained an appreciation, respect and an understanding of the focused pursuit of creating fine 
representational art through artists he represented at his Scottsdale gallery including Everette 
Raymond Kinstler, Peter Cox, Don Stone, Joseph Shephard, and Delbert Gish. He has honed his craft 
studying with Doug Dawson, Josh Been, and Don Sahli.
Mark has work in the Majestic Gallery in Idaho Springs and The Blue Pig Gallery in Palisade, Co.  
His work is included in numerous private and public collections.
Visit his website: markakinsart.com  or email him at markakinsart@comcast.net


JURIED EVENTS
Santa Fe Plein Air 4/27-5/4 2018, Outdoor Painters Society Plein Air Southwest 5/21-5/26 2018, 
“Capturing the Beauty of Open Land” Douglas County 6/18-6/24 2018, Paint the Peninsula Plein Air 
Invitational - Port Angeles, Wa. 2016, Plein Air Rockies 2015, Santa Fe Plein Air 2014, 2015, 
Colorado Plein Air 16 paintings over 5 years, PAAC National Invitational 2014,2016, 2017, Enchanted 
Lands exhibit Albuquerque, NM 2015

AWARDS
Honorable Mention - Colorado National Monument Plein Air 2017; People’s Choice Award - Plein Air 
Meeker 2017; Best in Show Depot Art Gallery 64th Annual Anniversary Show 2016; Sarah Bradley, 
Patron Award, 1st and 2nd Place Quick Victor, Co. 2012-2016; Patron Award Fairplay Plein Air 2015 ; 
1st Place 31st annual All Colorado invitational art show 2015; Award of Merit in oils Escalante 
Plein Air 2013; 1st Place PAAC 1st annual Plein Air Marathon 2013

PREVIOUS EVENTS
Permanent installation of 3 pieces in Littleton Adventist Hospital January 2016; Steamboat Plein 
Air at SAM 2010 and 2016, 2017; Victor Celebrates the Arts 2011 - 2016;11-2014 and 2016, 2017; Escalante Celebration of the Arts Plein Air  2013, 2014


 

City of Grand Junction Commission on Arts and Culture

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