Calgary, AB, Canada

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Mark E. May

Self-taught Artist

Mark is Algonquin Scottish me`tis originally from Shiremanstown, Pennsylvania, USA. In 2012 Mark decided to take a big risk and move over three thousand miles away from the place he called home all his life.  Since his arrival in Calgary, Mark has not only found new love in his marriage to Shelley in 2013 but also two sons - Jaxon and Messiah. Then  in 2014 after a couple years and a lot of paperwork and commitment he became the shared legal guardian of the boys. In 2016 he started the year with happy news when he became a Permanent Resident of Canada. The year got more challenging when he lost his mother in law shortly after the family moved to Nacmine, Alberta near Drumheller. Mark became a huge support to his family when his wife was diagnosed with stage 3a cervical cancer and she scheduled for a radical hysterectomy which took a lengthy recovery. Mark and his family decided that the commute to and from Drumheller was to hard on the family considering his wife's health so they made the move back to Calgary in the spring of 2017.   

Since living in Calgary and Drumheller Mark has fell in love with the beautiful and diverse Alberta landscape often using it as an inspiration in his paintings and digital art. He is known for his beautiful abalone and semi-precisou stone jewlery, antler art and upcyled fishing lures. His artistic style is in harmony with Mother Earth, simplistic and beautiful. His unique pieces reflect his love of fishing, nature and his connection to Spirit. You can find some of his work in Dry Canyon Collectables shop in downtown Drumheller, Sage and Tree Gallery in Cumberland, British Columbia and Lougheed House near downtown Calgary. All his creations are done in ceremony with prayer and love. 

Tipi Painting at Niitsitapi Learning Centre (with local artist Kalum Teke Dan)

Handmade Upcycled Fishing Lures

Sacred Light Photo Art  by Mark E. May