Spreading peace and love through works of art.
When Mark Allen sits down to create a piece, he is often not sure what the outcome will be. He is moved by intuition.
“Sometimes I surprise myself by the way the colors change or the final finished look,” he says. “There have been times when I would be convinced that a process wouldn’t work or that the finished piece would come out wrong, only to be surprised. Those are great moments because it reminds me that no matter what, there is beauty in everything.”
Allen has been creating metal works of art for the last 15 years. Originally a plumber by trade, he started approaching his job as more of an art form after a good friend criticized his work on the job site.
“At the time, I had always hurried through projects, not concerning myself about the way things looked behind walls. (My friend) told me to ‘make it look like art’ and then walked away,” Allen said. It was the turning point. He began repurposing scrap materials like copper, steel and glass to create pieces of art. Hearts, peace signs, crosses, roses … these three-dimensional pieces are built and treated with different methods to create a variety of sculptures. Some weigh as much as 65 pounds, others are small enough to fit anywhere. And since each one is made from repurposed materials, they are one-of-a-kind.
His most sought-after work is the Spirit Tree, made of rock and wrapped copper. These trees are a symbol of strength and endurance.
These Spirit Trees are often given as a gifts in pairs — one for the person to keep, and one for them to give away. “It’s all about doing a random act of kindness,” Allen says. “If we all just reach out and help one person, we can change the world!”
His passion to spread a positive message spills from his artwork into other areas of his life as well. In addition to being a full-time artist, Allen works as a life coach and advisor.
“My artwork is eclectic and created with the intent to convey a message unique to the individual,” he said. “Artwork is something that is interpreted differently by different people. I can only hope that those who view and purchase my art will know that it comes from a genuine place and is created out of a passion for the creative process.”
Where to see his work
Lebanon Art Guild, Lebanon
Vintage Peddlers Collectibles, Springfield
Gallery at the Lake, West Branson
Componere Art Gallery, St. Louis
Front & Market Street Gifts, Kimmswick
Razorback Gifts, Eureka Springs, Ark.
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