During the months of January and February 2020, the Hiddenite Arts & Heritage Center’s Emerging Artists Wall exhibit space currently features the work of Dr. Mark T. Freeman. The exhibit is on display at the Center’s Lucas Mansion, which is located at 316 Hiddenite Church Road in Alexander County.
Located on the third floor of the Center’s Lucas Mansion, all Emerging Artists Wall exhibits are free and open to the public Monday – Friday from 10:00am until 4:30pm and on Saturday from 10:00am until 3:00pm.
Dr. Mark Freeman is a lifelong learner, but a relatively new artist. A chiropractor for 23 years, he currently operates a practice in Taylorsville, but also holds degrees in biology and in nursing. Several years ago he resided in Union, SC, and perused a shop in town. Intrigued by the paintings, but more so by the shop owner and artist who was also an engineer by training. He thought the two could not possibly co-exist in the same person. He considered the same to be true of himself- highly educated but not creative. The artist/engineer challenged his thinking and gave him his first art supplies. He is making his own art history now.
“Color and texture are my favorite “go to” elements for interpreting artistic inspiration,” said Dr. Freeman. “Early on, I enjoyed watching Bob Ross painting programs and how he could create impressive images with the simplest of brush strokes. My favorite medium right now is acrylic, but I literally want to learn how to use them all! I like sharing my work with my patients in my office and it was my first ‘gallery.’”