Friday, November 30, 2012 | Things We Love
Atlanta artist Mark Boomershine is best known for his highly stylized pop-inspired paintings. With subjects ranging from cultural icons to intimate portraits, Boomershine’s work is part collage, part commentary, and totally original. Recently, Pür guest blogger Julia Cohen sat down with the local star to discuss what inspires him, what’s in the works and what he loves most about living and working in Atlanta.
1. How did you decide to become an artist?
I think I have always been an artist deep down inside. Even when I was working in the family car business, before we sold, I loved laying out the weekly newspaper ads and how they flowed. But before that, I was always drawing in junior high and high school instead of doing my homework. It paid off in my AP art class though. I also minored in Studio Art in college to offset my Business Management degree. Three years ago, in between entrepreneurial projects, my wife reminded me the time was right to try my dream of being an artist. She gave me great advice, like just jumping in and creating 20 paintings to get in my groove. By painting no. 5, I had a piece in the Booth Museum, and I was hooked!
2. Tell me about your work? What are you currently working on? How is it different from past projects?
Currently, I am slammed with commissioned pieces—pieces that people tell me they want painted; some of them are portraits of them or their children. This is different from my other type of “spec” work, which I paint what I want and see if it sells. Commission pieces are great for the bank account, but they do limit my creativity a bit. But I am lucky in that most folks I work with allow me to be creative with the subject matter they suggest.
3. How has your style changed over the years?
My style is changing in a way that is looser. I do not fret over the small details like I did back in college and early on in my art studies. I have learned that you just have to hint at a line and people’s brains will fill in the rest. This was very liberating!
4. What is your favorite travel destination? Where do you want to visit next?
My wife and I have been very lucky. We literally backpacked around the world in 1999. That was very “adventure travel”, but we have come to realize that we have become soft. Now we love European travel. I love the south of France, Provence. However, we have traveled to St. Barth’s five times in seven years, so we do love that place. We call it “The Island”. My wife and I are also avid boaters and love hitting the Keys and traveling the Intercoastal Waterway. My life goal is to motorcycle through the grass steps of Mongolia, just to get that adventure travel bug again.
5. What do you love about Atlanta?
I love Atlanta because it can be as big of a city or as small of a town as you want it to be. We have culture, foodie land, and now a bourgeoning film industry. However, you can also hit a local farmers market, see friends all over town, or run into tons of folks at the supermarket on a Sunday afternoon. Spring and fall in Atlanta are incredible, but I have to say spring is the best.