My work explores the question of how to reconcile harsh sociopolitical realities with my utopian vision of a just, peaceful and hopeful society. While I consider my artwork to be essentially sociopolitical, I also aim for a meaning that goes beyond any specific subject matter. I want the viewer to think about the image and be able to come to an understanding that is both personal and universal.
  
Besides working on the more specific sociopolitical art, I also work on three other bodies of work. They are paintings of pottery, zombies, and non-objective abstract paintings.
  Under the congo sun
During my investigations of sociopolitical subject matter, I came across a horrific news article about a man who was raped by solders in the Democratic Republic of Congo. For one year the D.R.C. became the focus of my work. I read about the murders, the rapes, the mutilations, and the corruption. I tried to understand how ordinary people, such as myself, could commit such atrocities.
  Mark
The zombies I paint are an extension of my need to understand the dark side of our selves. How can we live in a peaceful society when the possibility of violence lies just below the surface?  The smiles on the zombie-like people I paint reflect my belief that it is possible to live at peace with ourselves in spite of our inner-zombie. The violence and the closeness to death that the fictional character embodies is a joke and is nothing to be feared.
  
My small paintings of pottery are inspired by the indigenous people of an area of the Democratic Republic of Congo called the Twa. The pottery of the Twa women are a sign of pride and dignity that exist in the face of the discrimination and injustice that the Twa face every day.

My nonobjective “dot paintings” are also political. I see them as representative of egalitarian communities, where each dot is just as important as    another. They are truly democratic compositions. They are also explorations of color interactions. I am never quite sure how the dots will interact with each other and with the color of the background.

    It is my intention in all my artwork is to hold harsh realities of life up to the light of imagination , and by doing so, transcend feelings of hopelessness and find a glimmer of optimism in places where violence and injustice too easily exist.