Mazz Oil Paintings - "inspired with passion, styled with a palette knife"
(see photo's below)
- His Oil Paintings are collected worldwide and is known for Palette knife work, Bold Brush Strokes & Extreme Depth. He first started selling his Artwork during the 1980's ....... MAZZ is a Purely Self-taught Artist whose influences were A.E. Backus, Harold Newton, Sam Newton & the Hudson River School. Mazz used to Hunt & Trap during the 1970's "Growing up in the country, I fished, hunted and trapped on a regular basis.. . I used to check my muskrat, raccoon & fox traps early in the morning - then walk a few more miles to school". Mazz has 2 College degrees, "I Majored in Business, I Never took any Art courses. All those hours being in the woods, Studying nature & Fishing, has Inspired me to Paint and capture scenes for others to experience"
FISHING, PAINTING & BILLIARDS A Strong Believer in the Powers of the Mind.....He picked up a brush and decided to paint "I Painted like it was a Passion, like it was in my Blood - like I was Hypnotized" he also picked up a Pool Cue and become proficient at both. Mazz has always loved Fishing and viewed his passions of Fishing, Painting & Playing Pool as being similar and said "It's Imagination, Technique and it's All in the Stroke " He won several trophies in Pool & played with Pool Champions, Steve Mizerak, Al Koklys and Ray Martin. Unfortunately a serious spinal injury sidetracked him.
A.E. Backus 'BEANIE BACKUS' - Mazz used to visit him during the 1980's where he received 'intense inspiration to paint vibrant Florida landscapes and clouds'. "when I first became serious about painting, everyone told me that I must meet Beanie Backus, So I drove to his house. I was greeted by Beanie and several other people. Everyone was laid back, very friendly and just hanging out. Beanie was thawing out a chicken on the table... He always treated like an old friend at his home". Additionally, Mazz received painting tips from Backus student, Jackie Brice.
NEWTON & HIGHWAYMEN - Mazz's influences were Harold & Sam Newton (before the name 'Highwaymen' was coined). Mazz received Advanced training under Legendary Florida Artist SAM NEWTON. ....... Additional instruction from Highwayman Robert Lewis .. . 'Sam Newton has been a tremendous influence and I've learned many advanced palette techniques from him'
"BROKEN NECK STOPS FLORIDA ARTIST".. (See Photos below) After 2 major spinal surgeries to take pressure of his spinal cord and rebuild his entire cervical Spinal Column from C-2 to T1 with human cadaver bone transplants & titanium plates/screws in his spine.....Mazz has regained some of the feeling back in his painting hand. He paints now on a limited basis. "You can achieve anything if you put your mind to it - you just have to stay positive, focused, determined & always help others"
STATES HIGHEST HONOR. Mazz received the Highest Honor in 1994 from the State of Kentucky. The Governor, Brereton C. Jones, Awarded Mazz the Highest Honor for his service and accomplishments.
FAMOUS COLLECTORS. MAZZ's ORIGINALS are collected by Several Famous People including: Rock Star; DAVE HLUBEK the Lead Guitarist of the Florida band, MOLLY HATCHET is a multiple Collector. www.MollyHatchet.com Hollywood Movie Actress CHRIS NOEL, who starred in movies with ELVIS PRESLEY, Steve McQueen.. (See photos below of Chris Noel below, also rock star Dave Hlubek). www.ChrisNoel.com Other collectors include Pro Athletes, Florida Politicians, Entertainers.
MAZZ Art can be seen at Attorney's Offices, Accounting Firms, Corporate & Private Art collections in the United States and across Canada & Europe.
Method & Style with Made in the USA Materials; Mazz believes in Quality, especially a Work of Art, which will last for Hundreds of Years. He cuts and primes his boards. He uses Made in the USA Hardboards, Paints and Linseed Oil. He uses Italian Palette knives & his own technique for creating the 3D effects and dynamic impressions. Natural Hog Bristle brushes are used for the background work. He works in the 'Alla Prima' method'- completing the entire painting, from start to finish in one setting! Mazz says: "I set up a blank board on the Easel, then I paint all my Energy & Passion into it, then I stop and Never touch it again" ........Mixing Technique; Thick oil paint is used - Impasto Style, sometimes mixed right on the board - with colors meshing together, giving it a wonderful effect. (as opposed to the traditional way of painting layers over dried paint) ......
Magnificient Impressionist nature scenes;. MAZZ likes to add Flair to his paintings. He doesn't want his paintings to appear too realistic or photographic He likes to 'bring out & highlight' a certain aspect of nature. Hence, a Spectacular Cloud scene, a Glorious fire sky, or a certain Tree which 'stands out' or radiates from the suns glowing rays.
SIGNATURE & 'BLACK EGRET LOGO' Mazz signs his paintings with either his knickname 'Mazz' or 'Mark Mazzarella' Look for his Trademark 'Black Egret Logo' on the painting. He Also signs his Full Name and Logo on the Back...and sketching a unique design with a Permanent Marker.
DONATIONS: The Artist belives in giving something back and has Donated his Art in order to help many causes including People with Disabilities, Wildlife Sanctuaries, 4H Auction Events, etc.
MEMBERSHIP: Although Mazz has never had any formal Art Schooling, he has a Membership with the prestigious NATIONAL ACADEMY MUSEUM & SCHOOL OF FINE ARTS, the NATIONAL OIL & ACRYLIC PAINTERS SOCIETY & the INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY OF MARINE PAINTERS.