Mark Yale Harris2013 Artist
2013 Artwork for Sale
About the Artist
Mark Yale Harris spent his childhood in Buffalo, New York, enthralled in a world of drawing and painting. Though honored for his creative endeavors, he was encouraged to pursue a more conventional career. After finding conventional success, the artistic passion that existed just beneath the surface presented itself. He began sculpting and has since created an evolving body of work in stone and bronze, now featured in public collections, museums, and galleries worldwide, including the Booth Western Art Museum, the Four Seasons Hotel in Chicago, the Hilton Hotel in downtown Columbus, Ohio, and the Open Air Museum in Ube, Japan.
What artist inspires you? Why?
Sculptor Doug Hyde (Nez Perce), one of my mentors who took me under his wings during my transition into becoming a full-time artist, advised me to "always be a professional" in every aspect, no matter what your choice of your career.
How do you come up with an idea for a new piece of artwork?
The Native American artists who mentored me believe, and conveyed to me through their teaching and practice, that the sculptor should observe the shape of the stone. If your attention is astute, the rock will dictate what it wants to become. This has proven true. If I work against the inherent nature of the stone, it will lose its strength as well as the integrity of the final form.
Where is the most inspirational place you've visited lately?
I was born in Buffalo, New York and spent hours as a child enthralled in my own artistic world, drawing, painting, doodling. I was around nine years of age when I was first honored with awards and scholarships for my art. I was, however, encouraged to pursue a more conventional career, so I received a B.S.S. in 1961 from Ohio State University and embarked upon a long and successful career. Never abandoning my first love, I sold my company in 1996 to fulfill my dream of creating art full time.