Award-winning artist Mark Ivan Cole has lived in mountainous areas in three of Earth’s four quadrants. He enjoys painting plein air and studio pieces alike. Fluent in several media, Cole has a large catalog of works in pastel, acrylic, ink, graphite and colored pencil. He is currently focusing on representational landscapes from his explorations, and scenes from his imagination. Cole is also an accomplished musician and a published novelist and poet.

'I am an avid explorer of the outdoors, and that experience informs and influences my creative work. I want my paintings to convey the emotions I feel in a specific place, breathing the air and taking in the surroundings. My work also explores my “Inner Visions,” scenes created within my imagination. These, too, are based on observations and my responses to both natural and man-made environments. I hope that my love of the natural world inspires others to cherish this planet on which we live.'