"Most of my work is inspired directly or indirectly from our local landscape. In most cases I am not an exact literal painter. Composition,light, air, temperature and tonal qualities are my true subjects."
Mark Tougias is a self-taught artist who has been busy painting since childhood. His earliest surviving drawings and paintings date back to when he was eight years old. From an early age he learned by studying the masters and at age sixteen he began exhibiting. At the University of Massachusetts he studied Education and Art History. He began painting full time in 1990.
Although there are numerous influences on his art, he is particularly fond of American and European art from 1870 to 1940. Some of his favorite schools are the French Barbizon painters, American Tonalists, the Cape Ann, New Hope and the California painters from the early 1900’s. Most of Mark’s inspiration comes from his immediate surroundings in Vermont and upstate New York as well as from his annual trips abroad. The most important elements of his work are light, tonality, atmosphere and composition. He is most interested in the poetic and spiritual qualities of a place rather than exact renderings of specific locations.