I first met Mark as a boy of 12 when he enrolled in one of my art classes in Moraga. A quiet lad, he had an intensity of interest in art that was most unusual for a pupil so young. It was soon clear that he had a love for art that bordered on devotion. He took every art class available.
Born in the central valley city of Fresno in 1965, he moved to the Bay Area with his family in 1967. After being educated in both private and public schools, he enrolled in Saint Mary’s College, Moraga. Upon graduation in 1987 he received a B.A. in Liberal Arts with an Art major. He then continued his studies at the San Francisco Art Institute where in 1990, he graduated with a Masters of Fine Arts degree in Painting.
He paints primarily in acrylics or oils on canvas. His paintings of Northern California landscapes, buildings and industrial scenes are done with both brush and/or palette knife. He creates an impressionistic style with an approach that is unconventional yet boldly realistic. He uses color to convey mood, atmosphere and perspective with an energy that depicts the overall spirit of the subject matter. Texture and shading are effectively used to emphasize the form, density and richness of natural and man made objects.
Since 1987, his paintings have been exhibited in numerous solo, group and juried shows throughout Northern California. From 1992 – 2001 he was represented by the Barlett Fine Arts Gallery in Pleasanton, California. Also, he has shown at the Epoch Gallery in Berkeley, California and the LyonsHead Gallery in Carmel, California. He is currently represented by the Epperson Gallery in Crockett, California.
In 1989 Mr. Jezierny added teaching to his busy schedule. He has taught a variety of art classes in the Bay Area including Moraga Parks and Recreation, Walnut Creek Civic Arts and the Danville Fine Arts Gallery. He currently teaches at the Acalanes, Martinez and the Mount Diablo Adult Education programs. He also teaches a plein air painting class and gives private lessons. Along with teaching he has often given painting demonstrations to art organizations.
Both Mark and I enjoy painting in the hills and along the waterways of the Bay Area. When time and weather permits we go out for a day of plein air painting. It has been my pleasure to see Mark develop from a school boy just discovering art to a skilled professional artist.
Walter Mast, Retired Art Teacher, Practicing Artist .