Paintings by Mark Hooten

About the Artist

We've known Mark for years as one of the most knowledgeable and competent botanist/horticulturist/propagator people you will ever run across. He has been growing and studying rare plants since he was a little kid.  There have been professors-emeriti of major universities, who have used him as an example to their graduate students, of being a completely self taught and motivated botanist, who has never had a single hour of formal teaching yet knows far more than any of the students... But did we know that Mark has minored in fine arts/art history in school? Here is his Art story in his own words:

...I caught the art bug as a tiny child. Given butcher paper and crayons, I could be engrossed for hours on a long rainy afternoon. I even won first place for a second grade crayon drawing of a tree; this pitted against the entire grammar school of over a thousand works ranging from kindergarten thru 6 th grade.

Later, discovering multiple media, my interests grew to include pen & ink weaving, batik, and painting. Once in high school, the awards kept coming culminating in the National Scholastic Achievement award for a giant batik of the entire Codex Nuttal depicting complicated Mayan hieroglyphs.

I was influenced by an educational background in art history, developing a great appreciation for the classic works, with the modern and abstract genres adding an especially profound influence to my style. While my all-time favorite is Paul Klee, I admire the works of Braque, Miro, Stella, Mondrian, Duchamp, Gottlieb, & Kline. There are more I consider great benefactors, but to include them all, the list would be over the edge.

Mark's passions are plants, cats, and art of painting.

Selected artwork by Mark Hooten

Mark Hooten. "Symphonic Bamboo". Watercolor. Late 1980's

"Symphonic Bamboo". Watercolor. Late 1980's

Mark Hooten. "Symphonic Bamboo". Watercolor. Late 1980's

"Landscape in Space"  Pastel, 1979

Mark Hooten. "Symphonic Bamboo". Watercolor. Late 1980's

"Abstract Composition". Guache/watercolor, 1985.

"The Ebony Table" Watercolor/Gouache 1984
Won 2nd place at big Sanibel Art Show back in 1987, judged by Rauschenburg himself 

"That Black Girl" Watercolor/gouache 1988

"Mythical Mayan Village (Tarahumara village)" Watercolor/Gouache 1989

"Trans-substantiated Landscape" Mixed Media; Oil, Acrylic, Enamel, Hawaiian Black Sand 1990

"Alex Doesn't Live Here Anymore" Watercolor/Gouache 1993

"Still-Life With Sansevieria's" Watercolor-Gouache 1996

Un jardin des croton: "A Garden of Heirloom Florida Crotons" - done in only xtra fine point sharpee marker 2014

"Still-Life With Heirloom Geraniums" Watercolor/Gouache 1996

"Still-life With Parrot and Phragmipedium" Watercolor/Gouache 1997

"Life, Death, and Re-Birth" Mixed media: Oil, Acrylic, Enamel, Hawaiian Black Sand 2014
Belongs to Mark's con-current abstract minimalist period

"Bamboo in fog". Sumi ink on paper



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