In 1961, Mark Heine was born into a family that was always driven by creativity. His father and mother were both artists and designers, operating a massive warehouse studio in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. The making of art, on a grand scale, was around every corner. Mark's childhood was spent wandering through the studio, absorbing the progress and process of the monumental projects. It was art by the ton, measured in yards, not inches, and in all types of media ... plaster, resin, concrete, fibreglass, wood, stained glass, tapes and, of course, paint. It is what all the whole family did and does to this day. Even the family vacations were spent sketching architectural elements or in the great galleries of the world.

The family relocated to British Columbia in the early 1970s. Mark's father, Harry Heine, eventually became one of Canada's most celebrated artists, culminating with his election to the Royal Society of Marine Artists in England. He is the only Canadian to ever have achieved this status.

At age 10, Mark won the first of several national art competitions. He was awarded the BC Lieutenant-Governor's Art Scholarship in 1979, at age 18. Four years later, he graduated with honours from the Applied Arts Program at Capilano University. Brush in hand, he established his own studio, over the course of 30 years, to become one of North America's most sought-after talents, working through agents in New York, Philadelphia, Toronto, Vancouver and Tokyo.

Corporate commissions for the likes of Sony, Disney, Starbucks, and many others, garnered him more than 40 national and international awards. Those included a Prix Olympia bronze medal for paintings, commissioned by Canada Post, for stamps commemorating Canada's team at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin.

In 2009, the Postmaster of Liechtenstein commissioned Mark to paint two original works for stamp application, commemorating the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver. The commissions kept coming, and Mark's art is now showcased on 26 postage stamps in circulation in North America and Europe.

In 2006, Mark shifted his focus to fine art. As an emerging gallery artist, he has had a number of successful solo shows in Western Canada and the U.S. Pacific Northwest and appeared in group shows in both North America and Europe, becoming best known for his figurative works in oil on canvas. Mark is also an enthusiastic and imaginative writer. He has always created a written narrative for each of his works, and several of his articles on painting have been published.

In the process, he has learned that, at heart, he is a storyteller, and that each of his paintings is a captured moment in a larger story. Bringing one of those stories to life, marrying fiction to painting, is the focus of his most recent works.

Mark, his partner and creative collaborator, Lisa Leighton, and their two daughters, Sarah and Charlotte, live in beautiful Victoria on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada.
I am a storyteller. My art is the expression of a carefully chosen moment, captured from a larger narrative. This story is constantly playing, moving forward and changing, as each painting alters the course of the narrative. As it ignites my imagination for the next. So the road is never a straight line.

I believe that artistic growth is directly bound to the challenge we undertake. The larger the risk, the greater the reward. So how winding the creative road is, will depend on how far from a straight line you're willing to push yourself. For me, the story is what I use to navigate that road – stories rooted in both my imagination and my experience. They give me a reason to paint ... a concept. They give the painting a reason to exist beyond the surface visual. Sometimes the journey is loud, long and nerve wracking. Sometimes it's short and quiet. Even tranquil.

My writing has evolved, from simple anecdotes of my life, into the driving force of my creative process and how I con- nect to my subconscious. Using the anonymity of the story, I can explore and express my own joys and nightmares, pushing the edge of my comfort zone. It's the creative licence that allows me to diverge from reality and present a sur- real vision. It also gives me the freedom to explore darker themes. And the more I dip below the surface, the more I dis- cover in myself. It's an endless source of inspiration, because each visit opens a door to the next.

The human form is, in my opinion, the most difficult and most complex challenge for an artist. Underpinning that chal- lenge, are the technical considerations that face every artist. But the overlay, for me, is the most interesting aspect. And that comes from the nature of human interaction.

As humans, we have developed acutely tuned conscious and subconscious sensitivities to body language, posture, expression and situation. How we interact with each other is crucial to survival and is at the core of all culture. I call this the Social Aspect. These Social Aspect instincts vary from person to person, depending on his or her experiences, upbringing, religious beliefs, personal joys and pain. This diversity creates a reaction as personally distinct as a strand of DNA. I see this Social Aspect complexity as a unlimited, mysterious resource for reaching deeper and connecting with my emotions and those of my audience. And with figurative painting in particular, because it is "us," these connec- tions are critical if the work is to resonate.

But they are not all. It is the artist's job – whatever kind of art that may be – to tell the truth as he or she knows it. So while each painting is a new experiment in exploring the bottomless complexity of "us." I strive to create an unob- structed vision and a clear, unpretentious communication of my thinking, through my realistic technique. I have found that bending and breaking traditional rules in terms of content, composition and viewpoint, has given my work a distinct- ly rebellious, individualistic spirit. And it takes us all to the edge of comfort. But that's integral in setting the imagination free.

There are those who say that originality is dead. That all is derivative. I disagree. I think that originality is everywhere, albeit in widely varying degrees. I believe that my art is original. Certainly I have had influences, as has every artist. In particular, Da Vinci, Michelangelo, Vermeer and Rembrandt, through Degas, Monet, Rodin, Sargent, Parrish, N.C. Wyeth and Andrew Wyeth to Robert Heindel, Bob Peak, Brian Johnson, my father Harry Heine, and my friend Brent Lynch. All have provided me with some tool or inspiration, but in the end, my way is my own.

So this is where I am. The paintings I have done and the stories I have told, are where I have been. The interesting thing, from my point of view, is where I'm going. And that's the story yet to be told.


That's my mission.
• 2016 Houston Art Fair, Houston Texas, hosted by Arcadia Contemporary

• 2016 Resident collection, Arcadia Contemporary Gallery, Culver City, Los Angeles

• 2015 Major show, "Into the Soul", RJD Gallery, Sag Harbour New York, group show

• 2015 Group show, RJD Gallery, Sag Harbour New York

• 2015 Sooke Fine Art Show, Sooke BC, competitive juried show

• 2014 Major show, Brentwood Bay Resort and Spa, Brentwood Bay, BC entitled "Sirens"

• 2013 Sooke Fine Art Show, Sooke BC, competitive juried show

• 2013 Painters at Painters, Artists in Residence, group show

• 2012 Avenue Gallery, Victoria, BC, entitled "Celebrating Small VII," group show

• 2012 Major show, Avenue Gallery, Victoria, BC, entitled "Regatta," 2 person show

• 2012 Major solo show, Bellevue Gallery, West Vancouver, BC, entitled "Childs Play"

• 2012 The Coast Collective, Colwood, BC , group show

• 2012 Painters at Painters, Artists in Residence, group show

• 2011 Major solo show, The Sculpture Studio, Victoria, BC , entitled "The Winter Show"

• 2011 Avenue Gallery, Victoria, BC, entitled "Celebrating Small VII," group show

• 2011 White Rock Galley, White Rock, BC, Open House, group show

• 2011 Avenue Gallery, Victoria, BC, entitled "Go Big or Go Home," group show

• 2011 FCA, Annual International Representational AIRS Show, Vancouver BC,  juried show

• 2010 White Rock Galley, White Rock, BC, Open House, group show

• 2010 Avenue Gallery, Victoria, BC, entitled "Celebrating Small VI," group show

• 2010 Major show, Avenue Gallery, Victoria, BC, entitled "The Modern Figure," group show

• 2010 FCA, Annual International Representational, "AIRS" Show, Vancouver BC, juried show

• 2010 FCA, Painting On The Edge, Vancouver BC, competitive juried show

• 2010 Sooke Fine Art Show, Sooke BC, competitive juried show

• 2010 Major show, Avenue Gallery, Victoria, BC, entitled "Form Rearranged," group show

• 2010 Avenue Gallery, Victoria, BC, entitled "Lush", group show

• 2010 The Coast Collective, Colwood, BC, group show

• 2009 Avenue Gallery, Victoria, BC, group show

• 2009 Major Solo show, Avenue Gallery, Victoria, BC, entitled "Elements of Nature"

• 2009 The Coast Collective, Michosen, BC, group show

• 2008 Avenue Gallery, Victoria, BC, group show

• 2008 Major Solo show, Avenue Gallery, Victoria, BC, entitled "At Play"

• 2007 Major show, Winchester Gallery, Victoria, BC, three person show

• 2005 Major show, Winchester Gallery, Victoria, BC, three person show

• 1999-2000 Major show, Austria, three person show

• 1998 Major show, Broadmead Gallery, Victoria, BC, three person show

• 1996 Major show, Broadmead Gallery, Victoria, BC, three person show

• 1995 Major show, Great West Art, Chemainus, BC, three person show

• 1993 Major show, Louise Matskie Gallery, Seattle, WA, USA, three person show

• 1992 Major show, Great West Art, Chemainus, BC, three person show
• 2011 Award of Excellence, Federation of Canadian Artists (Vancouver, BC)

• 2010 First place, American Art Awards (Los Angeles, Ca, USA)

• 2010 Second place, American Art Awards (Los Angeles, Ca, USA)

• 2010 Best Painting, Sooke Fine Art Show (Sooke, BC)

• 2009 Bronze Medal, Prix Olympia 2009, Olympic Organizing Committee (Copenhagen, Denmark)

• 2009 Finalist, Artist's Magazine, competition (USA)

• 2008 Finalist, International Artist Magazine, competition (USA)

• 2008 Finalist, The Artist Network, competition (USA)

• 2000 Silver Medal, Summit Creative Awards (Portland, OR)

• 1999 Best of Show, GDC (Victoria, BC)

• 1999 Award of Merit, GDC (Victoria, BC)

• 1999 Lotus Award, N.A.B.S. (Vancouver, BC)

• 1999 Award of Merit, N.A.B.S. (Vancouver, BC)

• 1999 Award of Merit, Applied Arts Magazine (Toronto, On)

• 1997 Award of Merit, GDC (Vancouver, BC)

• 1996 Award of Merit, GDC (Vancouver, BC)

• 1994 Award of Merit, CAPIC National Annual Show (Toronto, On)

• 1993 Lotus Award, N.A.B.S. (Vancouver, BC)

• 1993 Award of Merit, CAPIC National Annual Show

• 1993 Award of Merit, Studio Magazine (Toronto, On)

• 1993 Award of Merit, Applied Arts Magazine (Toronto, On)

• 1993 Award of Merit, CAPIC National Annual Show (Toronto, On)

• 1991 Award of Excellence, CAPIC National Annual Show (Toronto, On)

• 1991 Award of Distinction, CAPIC National Annual Show (Toronto, On)

• 1991 Bronze Medal, CAPIC National Annual Show (Toronto, On)

• 1991 Award of Merit, CAPIC National Annual Show (Toronto, On)

• 1990 Award of Merit, CAPIC National Annual Show (Toronto, On)

• 1989 First Place award, ATPA Adwheel Competition (Atlanta, Ga)

• 1987 Award of Excellence, GDC (Vancouver, BC)

• 1985 Award of Merit, Studio Magazine Creative Decade (Toronto, On)

• 1979 College scholarship, BC Lieutenant-Governor's Art Scholarship
• 2016 Poets & Artists, What the 50 Memorable Painters of 2015, painted in 2016

• 2016 The Artist's Magazine, featured article "The Play of Light in Water"

• 2016 The Creators Project, article feature

• 2016 The Artist's Magazine, Competition spotlight feature

• 2015 PA Magazine, special eature, 50 memorable Painters for 2015

• 2015 American Art Collector Magazine

• 2015 Beautiful Bizarre online magazine

• 2015 Hi Fructose online Magazine

• 2015 Diply interview

• 2015 THiNK, a comprehensive interview

• 2015 Anabasis online interview

• 2014 20 great paintings

• 2011 Magazin Art

• 2009 International Artist Magazine