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Hi! I am an Englishman I've been living in the Bay Area for 6+ years, and I love it here. Recently divorced, I have 3 teenage boys and I live and work in Berkeley.
I love painting, and pretty much everything connected to it, and art making in general.
The painting I am standing in front of is a lifesize copy of a Rubens that I painted. I built the stretcher and stretched the canvas too!

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Artist. Berkeley, CA
Canvas & Panel maker. Berkeley, CA
Canvas stretching Berkeley, CA
Custom Picture Framing Berkeley, CA
More About Me
Art, Museums, Running, cycling, gym,
Work Experience:
HISTORY Studio Manager, 2003- Present

4th Street studio, Berkeley, CA

Studio manager. Customer service and sales. Organization of gallery/studio space, and curating exhibitions.

Art Teacher. 2004
U.C. Berkeley/Village Rec. Centre Drawing tutor. Albany, Teaching classical drawing skills to children aged 8- 13.

Studio Manager, 2003

The Art Gym, Berkeley, Ca.
Studio manager. Customer service and sales. Organization of gallery/studio space, and curating exhibitions

Framer, 2000-2001

The Frame Factory, London, UK

Customer service, designing custom frames for individual artworks. Building and finishing frames (including making molding from scratch, wood stains, gilding, waxes etc.)

Framer, 2000
Fast Frame. Houston, TX
Customer service, designing, making and fitting frames.

1986-1987 Art Foundation Cambridge, England

1987-1990 Byam Shaw School of Art London, England

B.A. in Fine Art

After completing my Art Education in London, I traveled Europe, to study the works of the Old Masters of the Renaissance. Spending a few months in Venice. I have since then lived in London and Durham, England and at present I both live and work as a painter, in Berkeley, CA.
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Mark Popple is located in Berkeley, CA and has the following skills: Artist., Canvas & Panel maker., Canvas stretching, Custom Picture Framing
Art / Creative
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Category: Art / Creative
I can paint pretty much anything! Commissions a specialty.
Relevant Education / Credentials
BA in Fine Art. University of the Arts London.
Years Experience: 25

Canvas & Panel maker.

Category: Art / Creative
High quality canvases are becoming increasingly hard to find because of corporate profit chasing. A well made substrate is essential for artwork longevity.
Relevant Education / Credentials
Practical experience through art practice.
Years Experience: 25

Canvas stretching

Category: Art / Creative
Paintings on canvas need to be stretched to be hung or framed. This is done on wooden bars or stretchers that have to be first put together. The bars have to be at right-angles to make a square frame and they have to stay square during the stretching process ( more difficult than you might think). The image also needs to be positioned correctly or the image will not be straight. It is not difficult... but it is tricky!
Relevant Education / Credentials
Stretched my own picture for 25 years
Years Experience: 25

Custom Picture Framing

Category: Art / Creative
A frame is not only protection for your artwork. Properly designed, a frame is a vital part of, and enhancement to, you artwork.
Relevant Education / Credentials
Professional Picture framer
Years Experience: 15