Mark Horton began taking studio art classes while practicing law, and in 1982 he quit a successful legal practice to paint full time. His urban scenes collect a variety of textures, a hodgepodge of signs, and unplanned juxtaposition of colors to suggest real connections between people and place. By using metropolitan elements that interest him, he is able to create dynamic and harmonious cityscapes.
"At first, my pictures are simple and abstract. The “reality” develops like everything else in the picture. As a result, painting for me is sort of a dance around the canvas while working on the whole. Sometimes I ponder the needed changes, more often I respond intuitively until the work looks like an actual place." -Mark Horton
Quarles & Brady LLP, Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Faegre and Benson, Law Firm, Minneapolis, Minnesota; First Bank, Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Morris-Day Architects, Washington D.C.; Edward Kemper Design, New York City, New York; CSM, Minneapolis, Minnesota; Norwest Bank, Minneapolis, Minnesota; International Language School, Madison, Wisconsin; Northland Insurance Company, Minneapolis, Minnesota; North Memorial Hospital, Minneapolis, Minnesota; Luther Hospital, Eau Claire, Wisconsin; Dunn County Electric Co-Op, Durand, Wisconsin