Mark Bair is a woodcarver and multimedia artist living in Audubon, NJ. While always having a love of art and fine craft, it wasn’t until 2000 that he found his passion combining traditional woodcarving with other mediums. His inspiration is found in both nature and traditions of the past, with an eye towards whimsy.
The work all starts with an idea and a rough sketch. First, using traditional carving chisels, each piece is handcrafted one at a time. Next, drawing on his experience as a watercolor artist, each work is painted using acrylic washes to build up layers of color. Finally, a proprietary finish is applied to give his work a rich and aged look. The art is often paired or incorporated with vintage items or architectural salvage. Fish receive copper for their fins, which is heated and hammered using the techniques of a metalsmith.
Mark’s work can be found in various museums and galleries around the country. He is a regular teacher at the Tuckerton Seaport in Tuckerton, NJ, and works with the youth carvers. When not working in the studio, Mark enjoys traveling around the country with wife and business partner Lisa, showing his work at fine art and craft shows. Mark is available for commissions and teaching through his web site, mdbairstudio.com.