imageHi!  Thanks for visiting my website.  I am Gary Marks, an artist exploring the creative realms of medallic design, colorful abstract painting on canvas, and wall sculptures made of layered wood.

My art is my visual commentary on life, the value of the individual, and liberation from those things, inward and outward, that confine us and prevent us from reaching our God-given potential as free individuals.

Art Nouveau Master Alphonse Mucha, a devoted patriot of his native Czechoslovakia, was called on to design his nation’s paper money shortly after the end of World War I.  He was quoted as saying of the experience that it was an opportunity to “talk in my own way to the spirit of the nation, to its eyes which carry thoughts most quickly to the consciousness”.

Mucha’s quote captures the essence of why I, as an American patriot, am driven to design and produce art medals, paintings and sculptures celebrating the virtues of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.  It is my aspiration that my art would, by some measure, impact the American consciousness in a way that deepens the love of liberty and its anchor in the soul of the nation and in its people.

But liberty goes beyond the American condition.  It is the right of all mankind to live free.  My art seeks to promote liberty and to inspire and motivate its ascendance for all peoples.

My art background:

  • Childhood artist.
  • Rediscovered my art in 2010 and have been actively engaged since that time. I have no formal art training.
  • Member, Montana State Quarter Dollar Design Commission, Appointed by Montana Govenor Brian Schweitzer, 2005 – 2006
  • Chairman, City of Whitefish, Montana Sculpture Committee, 2006.
  • Master of Ceremonies for the launch/release of the Montana Quarter in Helena, Montana, Appointed by Montana Govenor Brian Schweitzer, 2007.
  • Member (2007 – 2015) and Chairman (2010 – 2015), Citizens’ Coinage Advisory Committee (CCAC), United States Mint.  The CCAC is the Mint’s design review committee which reviews and recommends all designs appearing on United States coins, national medals and Congressional Gold Medals.  Appointed by Secretary of the Treasury John Snow (2007), Reappointed by Secretary of the Treasury Timothy Geithner (2011).
  • Member, Linn County Art Guild, Lebanon, Oregon, 2015 – present.
  • Member (representing the Lebanon community), Percent for Art Committee, Edward C. Allworth Veterans’ Home, Lebanon, Oregon, 2015 – present.

Awards, Honors and News Stories

  • Winner, Whitefish Centennial Coin Design Competition, “City Namesake” Category, “Splash of Whitefish” design, 2004.
  • Director’s Medal, Presented by United States Mint Director Edmund C. Moy for outstanding public service as chairman of the Mint’s design review committee, the Citizens’ Coinage Advisory Committee.
  • Blue Ribbon (1st place), Advanced Abstract Painting Category, “Liberty’s Glory” painting, Twin County Fair, Twin Falls, Idaho, 2012.
  • White Ribbon (3rd place), Advanced Abstract Painting Category, “True Colors” painting, Twin County Fair, Twin Falls, Idaho, 2012.
  • Blue Ribbon (1st place), Advanced Abstract Painting Category, “Queen Sheba” painting, Twin Falls County Fair, Twin Falls, Idaho, 2013.
  • White Ribbon (3rd place), Advanced Abstract Painting Category, “Cleo” painting, Twin Falls County Fair, Twin Falls, Idaho, 2013.
  • Winner, Ketchum, Idaho 50th Anniversary Commemorative Coin Design Competition, “Celebration of the Arts in Ketchum” Category, “Pizzazz” design, (later became a design for a manhole cover), 2013.
  • Winner, Ketchum, Idaho 50th Anniversary Commemorative Coin Design Competition, “Indigenous Wildlife” Category, “Curious” design, (later became a design for a manhole cover), 2013.
  • News story, “Coin World” Magazine, “Home Sweet Home” (a story on my “Duchess of Marksova” art medal), August 12, 2014.
  • Featured Artist, Linn County Art Guild, Lebanon, Oregon, July-August, 2015
  • Distinguished Public Service Award, United States Mint, Washington, D.C., 2015.
  • Profile story, “Coin World” Magazine, “Gary Marks: ‘It’s All About the Art'”, July 20, 2015.
  • Profile story,  “donaldscarinci.com”, “Tribute to Gary Marks: ‘It’s All About the Art”, October 12, 2015.
  • Profile story, “Numismatic News”, “Marks Sees Coins as Art”, October 22, 2015.