Mark Collins - Artist Statement
Mark is a multi award winning illustrator and fine artist. He is a versatile artist providing print, web and video services. Mark is a highly sought after designer where he has designed for various television shows for Fox and Warner Brothers TV, provided print and web advertising for Pep Boys, offered textile printing services and was an art therapist for many years. Mark was also a very popular art professor at the Art Institute of Philadelphia where he taught digital and traditional art. Mark has designed and art directed for high profile celebrities like Brent Celek of the Philadelphia Eagles, Dawn Staley the professional basketball player and Olympic gold medalist, and internationally know jazz pianist Jason Moran. He is proficient in Adobe Creative Suite and Microsoft Office. Mark‘s favorite design programs are Illustrator, Photoshop and In-Design. He has a high level of experience in Word and Excel as well. He also uses PowerPoint, Quark Xpress, Pagemaker, Dreamweaver and CorelDraw. Utilizing the Wix.com web design platform, Mark brands himself through his website www.markcollinsdesigns.com, where he offers fine art classes, graphic design services and the recently popular “paint parties”.
Mark has been a professional artist for 30 years. Mark is a graduate from the University of the Arts (UArts) in Philadelphia, PA. As a formally trained illustrator/painter, Mark primarily teaches and works in pencil, color pencil, charcoal, pastels, watercolor, gouache, acrylics and digital design. Mark also has a background working in and teaching textile screen printing, ceramics, jewelry making and wood working.
Mark has been an Art Therapist, Graphic Designer, Art Instructor and Fine Artist. Mark's resume includes over 10 years of experience as an Art Instructor. He has instructed both fine art and digital art at the Art Institute of Philadelphia for 7 years. At the Art Institute of Philadelphia he taught in various departments to include graphic design, multimedia, fashion and animation. He also has taught on the high school level as well as at various art centers and art stores such as VisArts, Artists & Makers Art Studios and Plaza Artists Materials in Rockville Maryland.
Mark's graphic design background has been a fortunate one where he was a designer for Fox and the WB television stations. There he was a designer for the 10 O'clock News, Eagles Game Day Live, Flyers Post Game Report and Good Day Philadelphia. Mark later left TV and moved into corporate design where he was a graphic designer for Professional Jeweler Magazine and Pep Boys. He specialized in commercial print advertising, magazine layout, publication, sign design and editing as well as designing for corporate websites.
Mark has exhibited his fine art at the University of the Arts - PA, Art Institute of Philadelphia - PA, Lemuria Gallery - PA, VisArts - MD, MAA Gallery -MD, Artists & Makers Art Studios - MD, and 28 East Gallery - NJ.
Keep an eye out for various events coming soon in the tri-state area!