Technical Authors often have diverse talents. Indeed, broad-ranging interests and an inquisitive mind are prerequisites for some of today's creative technical-communications roles: technical information is now often conveyed in attractive digital formats such as e-Learning, web sites, intranets, animation and even virtual reality. As noted on my Multilingual Projects page, there has never been a more interesting time to be involved in tech comms.

I'm a keen artist, and I believe this activity benefits my work as a technical communicator. Below is a gallery of a few of my recent paintings. Some have been sold on the open market and some are the fulfilment of corporate and private commissions. Despite my technical background I eschew digital techniques in fine-art projects, preferring to use conventional materials and centuries-old techniques.

All the work shown here is recent, apart from the pencil drawing of Accrington, created in 1990, just before the street was pulled down.

Click on any of the small images below to enlarge it.

Urban

The City of London

Urban

Portraits

Urban Figurative

Urban Figurative

Skyscapes

Still Life

. . . and a duck !




The above work is one of two commissions I won from Silicon Valley Bank in February 2012. The painting is hanging in the bank's City-of-London offices in Lothbury, neighbouring the Bank of England.

This technically challenging project involved my making subtle changes to the city topography in order to increase interest and aesthetic appeal. I placed London's Communications Tower at the very centre of the painting, and referenced it as the main perspectival vanishing point. The painting is titled, 'hello,world', and has a communications narrative: appropriate both for me as the artist and for a bank that supports some of the UK's leading technology companies.


“We'd heard about Mark’s work and thought that our exceptional office balcony view was deserving of his magic touch. We are thrilled with the result; a magical depiction of the cityscape that reminds us how lucky we are to work here at Silicon Valley Bank”


Some detail from the left of the painting. The building
and gilded statue on the extreme left is the Tivoli Corner
of the Bank of England