Mark Messersmith

Region: South

Since moving to north Florida in 1985, I have been taken with the uniqueness of the regions environment, and the beauty of its lands and animals.† While both land and animals are vulnerable, they share a strong determination for survival and still offer potential dangers for the unwary visitor.†

With my Southern landscape paintings I think about ideas concerning ; myths and facts, good and evil, life and death, human versus nature.

The Southern landscape I paint, is at least for awhile, still out there someplace, somewhere just beyond† the urban sprawl, shopping malls, and trailer parks.† It is a mysterious land still inhabited by powerful birds, vigilant panthers, weary gators, blackwater swamps, old cypress trees, back road citrus stands and ever careening logging trucks.