“Originality is easy to recognize, but elusive to achieve. To conjure something from nothing is
the act of creativity, no matter the medium. I’m 37 years down the rabbit hole, and still
descending. My life has been spent building a mental vocabulary to first visualize, then the
physical ability to realize. Finally comes the passion, embracing a cause and using my abilities
to champion positive social change.”
For Mark David Heine, art was bred in the bone. As a child, he wandered his father’s massive
warehouse studio, absorbing the progress and process of monumental projects – art by the ton,
measured in yards, not inches. There was always a diversity of skills to watch and learn from …
sculptors, designers, architects and artisans, working in plaster, resin, concrete, fibreglass, wood, stained glass, tapestry – and, of course, paint. His father, Harry Heine, RSMA, CSMA, FCA, NWWS, would eventually became one of Canada’s most celebrated artists, and the only Canadian ever elected to the Royal Society of Marine Artists in England.
Growing up, Heine and his family toured and sketched the great cities of the world. Immersed in galleries and architecture, he and his sisters learned the learnable from the masters – technique, colour, composition – and developed the sensitivity to recognize the intangible conceptual aspects that raise a work of art above mere rendering. At age 18, the Attorney General’s Art Scholarship sent him on his way.
A thousand paintings, a million words and 37 years later, work for clients such as Disney, Sony,
Microsoft and Starbucks have brought more than 40 national and international awards, working
through agents in Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, Toronto, Seattle, Vancouver and
Europe. Heine’s art is in private and corporate collections around the world and appears on
42 different postage stamps for various countries. In addition to television, radio and
newspaper, he’s also been featured in numerous print and online publications, including Hi-
Fructose Magazine, beautiful.bizarre magazine, International Artist Magazine, The Artist’s
Magazine, American Art Collector, Magazin’art, Applied Arts Mag, and Poets and Artists
Magazine. He was recently awarded the status of "Associate Living Master" by the Art Renewal
Heine has come to realize that he’s a storyteller. Writing has long been a key component in his
creative process, and the symbiotic relationship of these two distinct disciplines has led to a
unique approach to both. Bringing one of those stories to life – to larger than life – marrying
fiction to painting, is the focus of his most recent works ... the Sirens series.
Heine, his wife and creative collaborator, Lisa Leighton, and their two daughters, Sarah and
Charlotte, live in beautiful Victoria on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada.
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