Mark Yale Harris2014 Artist
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: MOCA - Marin, California; the Booth Western Art Museum; Four Seasons Hotels; the City of Roanoke, Virginia; Hilton Hotels; Royal Academy of Art - London and the Open Air Museum in Ube, Japan.
I realized my passion in the Southwest; stone carving became my life's work, as Santa Fe became my home in the late 1990s. Dedicating myself to creating in 1996, with much to learn, I chose a mentor who I had long admired to assist with honing my burgeoning artistic skills, sculptor Bill Prokopiof (Aleut, 1944-1999). In the spirit the nation's most recognized Native American artist, Allan Houser (Chiricahua Apache, 1915-1994), Prokopiof and sculptor Doug Hyde (Nez Perce), took me under their wings, generously sharing their immense knowledge, talent, and vision. Inspired by the geographical region and grounded in the knowledge of my teachers, I began feverishly creating sculpture.