Mark McFerron

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– Unorthodox Watercolorist –

watercolor collection

Shelbyville Main Street

Skegg Creek

Skegg Creek

Floyds Creek

Floyds Fork

Catching Crawdads

Hub Caps (Face of Christ)

CleftRock Road

Ol’ Coal Tipple

Still Standing

Stage Coach

Swimming in the Rockcastle

Burdette Farm

Brodhead Cafe

I approach my art with an "organized-chaotic spirit," layering complexity with my unconventional use of watercolors. I'm decidedly unorthodox, infusing elements like walnut stain, pencil, pen, dyes, and even bourbon. Describing my work is a challenge – I admit to imaginative weaknesses but assert aesthetic strength. Stylistically, I'll leave that to your interpretation. Painting is an innate impulse for me; it's not about purposeful style creation, but an organic, unstoppable expression. Does the artist shape their style, or does style shape the artist? It's an ongoing dialogue between my evolving work and the distinct style it naturally assumes.  

“Paintings have a life of their own that derives from the painter’s soul.” “Painting is a faith, and it imposes the duty to disregard public opinion.”  Van Gogh. 


I have known Mark McFerron for years.  He is a close family friend.  One can live a lifetime while looking at Mark’s paintings.  His colors are vivid and one can see his passion, while at the same time the peace that he has with his subject matter.  

Duane Allen, The Oak Ridge Boys

McFerron’s style is born of his life in Kentucky. Raised in the company of farmers, coal miners and stone masons, McFerron honed his craft to reflect the individualism that permeates the Kentucky back country. Simple, honest and straightforward, his paintings tell a story that people do not soon forget. His adroitness, in creating images of art that prompt memories and thoughts that can be both haunting and auspicious at the same time is a rare quality.”    

Honorable Jeffrey T. Burdette, Circuit Court Judge of Kentucky

McFerron’s art invokes a richness of the soul of Kentucky. Kentucky is a land of contrasts. You cannot write, you cannot paint unless you feel the passion of its’ people. 

Dr. James Claypool, Northern Kentucky University

Last Update: 03/19/24 V7E

All rights reserved 2012-2024.  Any use of artwork is expressly denied without written permission from Mark T. McFerron.