About the Artist

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.

 

About the Work

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.