“To me, art is an expression of the rapture of being… hopefully unveiling a fragment of the radiance within all form. I believe that art can awaken the soul to the timeless presence of beauty and truth.”
Born in Des Moines, Iowa, Mark Missman spent many hours throughout his youth in museums studying the painting techniques of the masters. From the third grade when he was taught to draw in perspective, his first taste of Realism, Mark’s artistic passion was awakened and his destiny became apparent.
His formal art education began at Northwest Missouri State in Marysville, Missouri. At age twenty-one Mark made a commitment to live the spiritual life of a monk and for the next eighteen years his artistic endeavors were nurtured by his spiritual order, as he was given abundant opportunities for advanced study and worldwide travel while devoting many hours a day to painting.
After studying at a private academy in Florence, Italy, Mark returned to the U.S. and was offered a full scholarship to the New York Academy of Art, but after meeting master sculptor Angelo Frudakis, he opted to attend the Frudakis Academy of Classic Realism in Philadelphia instead. His studies continued at the Barnstone Studios in Pennsylvania, before becoming the Art Director at the Palace of Gold in Wheeling, West Virginia. Mark was heavily involved in creating the ambiance of the opulent Palace of Gold including large murals for West Virginia’s largest tourist attraction, the subject of numerous articles in publications such as the Washington Post and Time Magazine. Upon seeing Mark’s two twenty-foot murals that had been commissioned for the Wheeling Civic Center, then Governor Jay Rockefeller remarked that they were, “extraordinary and beautiful… works of art rarely seen in this country today.” After his world traveling, Mark felt drawn to Southern California, where he broadened his art education still further by attending the Athenaeum School of Art in La Jolla and the Watts Atelier in San Diego.
Recently Mark felt impelled to reconnect with one of his former publishers, Mike Singleton at Sagebrush Fine Art, with whom he had developed a friendship and trusted working relationship in the past. He called and left a message on Mike’s answering machine asking if the publisher had any projects suitable for his painting skills. Mike had been meeting with concept artist Jason Bullard the morning of the day that Mark called. They had been looking for an artist for months to begin work on a new series of paintings depicting stories from the early life of Jesus. That morning Mike told Jason that the only artist he could think of that would be suitable for the endeavor was Mark Missman, but that he thought Mark was exclusively working with an agent and his galleries. Upon returning to his office, Mike found Mark’s message on his answering machine. So began “The Lost Years” project, a collaborative effort based on the concepts and creative direction of Jason Bullard.