My name is Mark Kochen. I am a painter from Sioux City, Iowa. I spend most of my creative energy developing a world filled with a cast of characters of my design. I am building a story one painting at a time.
I recently found a little book I made in 1989, when I was nine. I wrote, "When I grow up I want to be either a paleontologist or an artist that paints dinosaurs." It's pretty clear I've always enjoyed creating art.
When I'm not painting, I can be found teaching art, gardening, wandering around in the woods, or working on projects around the house.
My work gets more complex with every passing year. Once upon a time I made abstract paintings and now I make large, incredibly time consuming, illustrative work. I am simply attempting to find the apex of what I am able to do. Ever onward, ever upward.