Photo: Liza Roberts

Transforming himself from backwater miscreant to closet human, American artist Mark Brown resumed painting and earned a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Among his grants and scholarships are the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, the Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation, the Artists Fellowship, the Vermont Studio Center, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Kent State University and the Durham, North Carolina Arts Council. He was a finalist for a National Endowment for the Arts grant in painting.

Brown has worked with galleries and art dealers in New York, Santa Monica, Philadelphia, Dallas, Cleveland, Atlanta, Charlotte, Raleigh, Winston-Salem, Durham and Chapel Hill. He represented North Carolina in Art in America at Art Basel. He twice won the Grand Prize at the North Carolina Artists Exhibition. He taught at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Kentucky State University and the Waterworks Visual Arts Center.

Brown saws and splits dead trees for firewood to heat his passive solar home, practicing Zen meditation and the martial art Kajukenbo daily. He lives and works in Bingham Township outside Chapel Hill, NC with his wife, artist Cathy Kiffney.