“Nature and its preservation is my passion, I want to use my art and experience as a naturalist to help people gain a deeper understanding of the wild places we all love, to give nature a voice in our world…”
Mark Brennan is a professional, multi disciplined, gallery represented Canadian landscape artist working in the mediums of painting, sound and landscape photography. He draws upon his experiences as an environmentalist, naturalist and long time wilderness traveler to produce work that evokes a close connection and deep passion for wild places. Mark is primarily interested in the human connection to the land and has explored this theme for over two decades through three disciplines.
His love of the Canadian landscape has led him to many locations throughout Canada: Banff, Jasper, Yoho National Parks, Newfoundland & Labrador, The Gaspésie, Vancouver Island, Northern Ontario and of course his home province of Nova Scotia all to paint, photograph and record the wild sounds of these unique places.
Mark is primarily known for his landscape painting but more recently he has added landscape photography, a medium he used as a ships photographer in the Royal Navy during the Cold War of the mid 1980’s. With the addition of large format and medium format cameras using 4×5 and 6×4.5 film as new tools, he hopes to further push his work within the landscape into new and exciting realms. Film photography is a medium he is very familiar with having taught himself to develop and print his own work from negatives as a teenager. When Mark brings his three disciplines together we get a body of work over the past 2 decades that is unique, continuously changing and one that comes directly out of his own experiences in the landscape. As he says a body of work that ‘comes out’ of the land. Mark is hard working and passionate about his craft, he has had 13 solo art show in 8 years and is currently represented in 5 Maritime galleries.
Born in the UK, Mark grew up in Argyle, Scotland, on the edge of the Scottish Highlands.In 1989 he emigrated to Nova Scotia where he has lived and worked as a landscape artist for over 20 years, he continues to explore ways to represent wilderness and wild nature in contemporary society, a voice he feels is quickly diminishing. To read more about Mark and his work as a painter, Canadian Landscape Photographer and Sound Recordist please click the ‘Bio’ link above.