Mark Susinno2013 Artist
2013 Artwork for Sale
About the Artist
Mark Susinno grew up in suburban Washington, D.C., and moved to Brooklyn, New York, to attend Pratt Institute on a full scholarship. After moving back to the D.C. area, he was introduced to fly fishing by his younger brother Byron. He began to paint underwater depictions of the game fish he pursued and above-water scenes of anglers in action. In order to be closer to the Susquehanna River's smallmouth bass fishery, he eventually moved to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, where he now resides with his wife, Roxanne. He is a member of American Mensa, and he is a Signature Member of the Society of Animal Artists.
What artist inspires you? Why?
As a painter of fish, I worship at the altar of Stanley Meltzoff. But in terms of using color to construct the illusion of space on a two-dimensional surface, I believe I owe more to Henri Matisse, even though my paintings look nothing like his.
How do you come up with an idea for a new piece of artwork?
Occasionally a photo I have taken will suggest an idea for a painting, but most often something I have witnessed during a fishing trip will provide the main inspiration, and I will gather photographic reference to help flesh out the idea.
Where is the most inspirational place you've visited lately?
When it comes to providing ideas for future paintings, for me few places top the Florida Keys, although Alaska runs a close second.