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 Eternal Love has always been the subject matter for artists. Mark likes to capture his lovers entwined with nature. It is as if the two, nature and lovers, can not be separated, as it is our essential nature to be loving beings.

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Arboreal Affection

Oil on Canvas
48 inches 58 inches
©1998

 

Almost every culture has a mythos of lovers
who have transcended their normal earthly stay.
Overlooking a beautiful bay, high atop a windswept cliff,
two trees are affectionately embracing each other.
Their roots mix and trail deep into the land.
A small waterfall finds it way down to the soft velvet bay.

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Bamboo Forest.

Bamboo Forest

oil on canvas
20 x 30 inches
©2016

The enchantress beckons you to follow her into the bamboo Forest.

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Between Worlds

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Between Worlds

Oil on Canvas
60 inches 60 inches
©1996

 

A couple sits facing each other enraptured by the feelings between them as if they were between worlds. Verdant life surrounds them, nature envelopes their love with vitality.

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Spiral Genesis.

Spiral Genesis

Oil on Canvas
48 inches 96 inches
©2004

The source of creation spews forth millions of forms of life,
each unique,each capable of reproduction.
The secret of divine creation is activated by love, passion and desire.
We are all of this.
The immortal aspects are the source permeating our being.
We feel the richness through time and space.
Our freedoms expand as we include all life.
We come and go, appear and disappear
as we choose to identify with a limited viewpoint of one thing or another.

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Clouds and Rain.

Clouds and Rain

Oil on Canvas
16 inches 24 inches
©2006

 A gorgeous valley, a disturbance in the clouds
lovers create electrical magic high in the sky
sending fertile signals to all that grows below.
“Clouds and Rain” is a metaphor for making love in Japanese poetry.

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Sylvan Serenity.

Sylvan Serenity

Oil on Canvas
48 inches 66 inches
©2001

 

Fig vines wrap around the giant Guanacaste trees forming lovers deep in the dark jungles of Costa Rica.The vines cover the trees, the bromeliads and orchids cover the vines, micro-organisms cover the flowers.Every tree is the home to hundreds of life forms.

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 DESERT LIFE .

Desert Life

Oil on Canvas
58 inches x 64 inches
© 1990

 

Desert rocks reveal that nature itself creates lovers everywhere.
Love is a consciousness fractal
that repeats itself in an infinite variety of ways.
The sensitive eyes of the beholder
may see life where others see only rocks.

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The Magic Moment by Mark Henson.

 The Magic Moment

Oil on Canvas
28 inches x 36 inches
© 2014

 The most mystical time of day, the sun has just set, a tiny crescent moon emits a soft glow covering the sweethearts as they snuggle in the sun-warmed sand. Its the magic of the heart that gives life meaning. Bonding with eternity, they gaze into each others souls as the stars begin to twinkle in the night.

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Temple steps web.

On Temple Steps

Oil on Canvas
24 x 30 inches
©2014

Ancient ruins surround a couple whose love is as fresh as the buildings are old. Eternal love expresses itself quietly on the temple steps. The still waters reflect the beauty of the temple and lovers. Romance has been around forever. Mankind’s finest architectural treasures are devoted to love. Some temples took generations to carve, the sculpting arts passed down through extended families.  Humans take generations to evolve, passing genes down through time. Each human a temple, temples making temples.

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NUBIAL BLISS .

Nubial Bliss

Oil on Canvas
42 inches x 70 inches
©1999

Lovers bask in the purple sunset, gracefully floating across the fruited plains

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Nature Lovers.

Nature Lovers

Oil on Canvas
© 1993
32 inches x 48 inches

Clear lake, crisp air , mountains, privacy, what more could lovers ask for.

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Double helix .

Double Helix

Oil on Canvas
32 inches x 52 inches
© 1982

The spiral of evolution culminating in divine union. 
As a species, we are yet not done. 
as there are an infinite variety of ways to be.
 By our loving union, 
we offer our bodies as a part of that inward and outward evolution. 
Spiritually we combine, becoming forever linked, 
genetically we combine,  giving souls new bodies to inhabit.

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Earthly Delights ssp.

Earthly Delights

Oil on Canvas
42 inches x 65 inches
© 1993

Next to Volcano Arenal in Costa Rica
there is a hot river that flows down a valley.
You can sit in a warm stream and let the world float by.

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 Sundancer .

Sundancer

Oil on Canvas
38 x 24 inches
©2014

She glides effortlessly across the sand towards the ocean, naked, beautiful, arms outstretched greeting the wind and curling surf. The colors of the setting tropical sun bathe her body in gold. There is one more dance to be done before this sun sets. The water will be cool to the touch. She becomes the ocean.

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RAVINE RAPTURE ssp.

Ravine Rapture

Oil on Canvas
86 inches x 48 inches
©1996

 Deep in the jungles of Costa Rica
there are dark grottos where moisture covers everything,
cool, slippery, waterfalls pour over a cliff as the sun barely reaches though the canopy.

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Riverine Reverie.

Riverine Reverie

Oil on Canvas
42 inches x 66 inches
©1993

Father sky meets Mother river at sunset while a couple synchronistically
meets on the island.
We are a microcosm in a macrocosm in a microcosm.

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TEMPLE TRANSMUTATION

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Temple Transmutation

Oil on Canvas
48 inches X 108 inches
©1997

Inspiration for this work comes from the beautiful Tantric Temples of Khajuraho and Konarak in India.
Mark wanted to do a study of this sacred style of sculpture.
He was contemplating what makes something natural and when it becomes unnatural.
This is a very large canvas, this small screen barely does it justice.
The many classical Asanas, (poses) create a dance of balance in the sensual outward joyful expression of the Divine Union of all people, places and things.
The Cyber-jungle on the right was inspired by several computers in pieces lying on Mark’s studio floor.
The primary jungle on the left is inspired by many walks in Nature.
The psychedelic dinosaur bones become the deep core of our evolutionary blueprint.
Our vision of absolute connectivity in cyberspace is now being realized as we participate.
We are manifest between our beginnings in the primordial mud of jungles and the cyberdust of our future.

The image forms on a screen, but where is it really?
Where does the inspiring thought live?
Revealed one day in the mind of an artist,
then semi-immortalized on canvas,
then electrified in cyberspace.
We are all temporarily Immortal, or perhaps Immortally temporary.

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Flames of Passion.

Flames of Passion

Oil on Canvas
42 inches x 96 inches
©1990

The Passions dance in glorious purifying splendor.
This is a study of moving form.Flames dance across the canvas, becoming each other freely.
Each flame is a part of the great fire, yet supremely unique.
Fire holds still for no one.It moves continually searching for new fuel to transform.
Our old conditions are consumed by newer varieties.
Our soul prepares to rise from the flames of our passion for the freedom of unique expression.
Change is an inevitable aspect of our cosmic condition.
Passion is the movement of the soul.If souls become mired, a good dose of passion seems to work every time

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Waterfall.

Waterfall

Oil on canvas
16 inches x 20 inches
©2007

Mark completed this painting in Costa Rica.
Its a play of water cascading down a dark forest wall, supreme in its simplicity.

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Lotus Pond .

Lotus Pond

Oil on canvas
20 inches x 24 inches
©2009

A lovely goddess bathes in a temple pond

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LEAP OF FAITH .

Leap of Faith

Oil on Canvas
58 inches x 64 inches
©1998

A soul is taking a leap into the face of life and death.
The left part of the face is skeletal in its depths; the right is full and abundant.
Because the soul has taken the leap, life ethereally embraces him.
On the left is all that reminds one of the harshness of nature
as it decomposes and sinks back into its components.
We fear the many faces of death.
On the right the decay has been transformed into new verdant life.
The Transformation is continual.
Below, a new soul is forming, taking sustenance from the life/death source.
blissfully unaware that the variety of expression will be so extreme.
Sometimes we must take a Leap of Faith,
as there is nothing else that can be done.
The rewards are great, as the second you let go of the fear,
life embraces you, and shows you her infinite bounty.

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Tunnel of Love 2 .

Tunnel of Love II

Oil on Canvas
©2006
36 inches x 46 inches

Vibrant ecstasy creates the loving atmosphere for a new soul about to incarnate.
Nourishment abounds in an embryonic state.

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Living Waters ssp.

Living Waters

Oil on Canvas
52 inches x 38 inches
©1990

Lovers are immersed in bliss, dissolved into the waters of life.

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Grand Canyon.

Grand Canyon

Oil on Canvas
52 inches x 38 inches
©1998

There are natural hot springs out in the middle of the dessert
contemplating on a cliff, the viewer notes the sees the sleeping clouds, deepening their reverie.

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Sunset Sacrament.

Sunset Sacrament

Oil on Canvas
60 inches x 60 inches
©1997

A golden purple couple take part in the Sacrament of Love.
The radiant Phoenix Sunset showers them with evening colors.
The beak of the Phoenix curves right above the setting orb,
the wings and tail feathers radiate to the edge of evening.
The couple is in bliss,
their faces forming a Yin Yang of complimentary opposites.
The curves of the muscles on the man’s shoulders
and back lead you to the curves of the bay.
Life is perfect if only for a moment.
The day sacrifices itself like a Phoenix
 so the next day can be born.
The couple sacrifices their separateness 
so their union can be formed.

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Under the Yab Yum Tree.

Under The Yab Yum Tree

Oil on Canvas
20 inches x 24 inches
©2009

Lovers lay near a still pond as light filters across a tiny statue.

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Midnight Encounter.

Midnight Encounter

Oil on Canvas
20 x 16 inches
©2012

This started out as a live model performance painting.
A group of friends posed in costumes for Mark and many visionary friends, the atmosphere was added, the result was an intriguing encounter. Something is going on here and we want to know what it is.

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Cloud Lovers

Cloud Lovers

Oil on Canvas
34 inches x 40 inches
©1990

Lovers are forever. The clouds form lovers, they come and go, billowing the moisture in the atmosphere in delightful play.