Mark Shearman, Alicante Member Since September 2011 Artist Statement Mark has been a painter and sketch artist since his early years, largely influence by his artistic Father. He started painting the French country side on his farm near Chateaubriand Loire, in the late 1980s. He has worked and lived in many interesting places in Europe, including Berlin and London. A year in Tenerife directed him to the Costa Blanca and a love of the Spanish way of life. He currently works from his studio and enjoys "en plein air" almost all year round because of the mild climate.