Started Painting: 1975
Began Teaching: 1997
Mark Polomchak, the next teacher in our “Meet the Teachers” series, has been painting since he was 17 years-old. Painting for Mark was a family affair. His motivation to paint came from watching his father, Steve, a wonderful artist who could handle every medium, especially watercolor. One day, Steve suggested that Mark give it a try. Forty years later, Mark hasn’t looked back.
What do you love most about painting?
The most intriguing thing for me about painting is how you can get completely immersed in it. When I have to create new pieces for teaching classes, it is sometimes difficult to get started. I research photographs and go through my “collection” of drawings, magazines and older watercolors that had so much promise but didn’t quite turn out the way I wanted. Then, I will start with the drawings and when I finally start to paint, I am totally absorbed in it. I cannot put the brush down… quite like the artists that take my classes.
What do you love most about teaching?
Like most teaching artists, I love to see the improvement from the people that take my classes. You can’t really explain the gratification you get when someone you have been trying to help, paints it better than you! I love the fact that I can see the fingerprints of my techniques in other people’s artwork.
What value would you place on attending the classes at the Society of Decorative Painters Conference?
I believe that people learn not just from the person teaching the art classes but also from one another when they are taking classes. Myself, I learn from people taking my classes. Art is meant to be shared by everyone. The thrill is not the end result of the work but the journey that you make by creating it. The joy for me is spending time with people that share the same interest as I do.
When you’re not painting or teaching, what can we find you doing?
I went to school for music and wanted to become a concert pianist. When I am not painting, you can find me tinkering on the piano and trying to work on my golf game. I play the piano better than I golf, but a far cry from a concert pianist. Fortunately for me, teaching watercolors has become my passion and is something that I cannot live without.
Coming up next week on “Meet the Teachers”… meet Sherry C. Nelson MDA, TDA:
Did you know that Sherry has been an SDP member since almost immediately following the founding meeting of the fall of 1972?