Born into an artistic family, Mark Bettis received encouragement to begin drawing at an early age. A native of Chicago, Illinois, he attended the Ringling School of Art and Design in Sarasota, Florida where he honed his skills as a creative professional. He has since juggled a career as an Art Director and a burgeoning painting career, which began as a more commercial pursuit and has evolved into a fine art profession.
Of his works, Bettis says, "My paintings are a synthesis of color, line, texture and form. Iâ€™m intrigued and influenced by the elements of my surroundings. I apply multiple layers of oil paint, cold wax medium, marble dust and other elements and then cut, scratch and smooth with great energy to let the painting evolve into an abstract interpretation of these elements." His process inhabits a state of flux, resulting in works that are surprising to viewers. "One decision leads to ten others and ideas die and are reborn again and again. This provides for work that is original... I don't like to repeat myself I want every painting to be individual and stand on its own merit," Bettis explains.
In 2007, Bettis moved to Asheville, NC where he currently resides. He has won numerous awards and his works are in public and private collections worldwide.