Mark Gansor is a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
In the early 90’s while supporting himself as a church organist and freelance piano accompanist, he began experimenting with decorative painting as a hobby. Soon it blossomed into a full-time profession. He now devotes his time to rendering decorative finishes, faux effects, plasters, and murals. He works in both residential and commercial settings and has painted in several buildings that are listed on the National Registry of Historic Places. Completely self taught, he learned the painting craft through reading books and studying the work of others. He has been trained in the application of fine Venetian plasters and has taken master classes in Trompe l’oeil painting. He has painted in commercial and residential structures throughout North Carolina and the Grand Strand of South Carolina.
For several years he has been painting works on canvas and hopes that this can be his career in retirement. His work is available at Art in Bloom Gallery. He has also recently become the Organist at First Baptist Church in downtown Wilmington.
“I have been painting for over 25 years but have only now begun to see things in full color. Art is a journey after all: perception is not just blue sky and green grass. Bright color, thick paint, landscapes, and Wilmington architecture are all things that stimulate me. My formal training is in music which was my career prior to painting. Over the years I have dabbled in painting canvases, becoming even more passionate about it since moving to Wilmington. Transitioning from walls to canvases I believe that finally my personal style is beginning to develop. My dream and goal is to become solely a painter, an interpreter of the beauty around me.”