Mark Yale Harris - Interview
As a boy, Mark Yale Harris delved into a creative, boundless world of drawing, painting and doodling only a child could imagine. Though his artistry honored, he used his bachelor’s degree from Ohio State University in Columbus for a career in real estate and hotel development. However, he couldn’t shake the artistic dreams of a boy from Buffalo, N.Y., and therefore, sold his company in 1996.
Now residing in Carbondale, Colo., Harris credits mentors who have helped hone his inner, imaginative eye, such as sculptors Bill Prokopiof and Doug Hyde and artists Henry Moore and Allan Houser. Even the looming shapes of rock provide stimulation, “Inspired by the geographical region and grounded in knowledge of my teachers, I can begin creating sculpture.”
Though Harris carves both animal and human figures, animal creations, such as “Got It,” prove more delightful to chisel. “They do not require the same attention to detail as the figure. This allows for more gesture. Wildlife forms, in my case, are abstracted.”
Like many artists, a vision and a medium vocalizes the non-verbal angle of peace, adventure, riskiness, understanding, exploration and wholeness of Harris’ personality. Sculpting abstracted animals and sharing those pieces brings peace to audiences viewing his sturdy works.
“I am continually in search of the new, the different, and I am fascinated by the unconventional,” said Harris. “Life has a hard, aggressive side, as does much of my work, represented by rigid, angular lines. However, the soft side is also apparent, visible as curves and soft forms.”