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Nevada artist offers workshops

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Artist Mark Tomkins was recently featured at a Tahoe Art League meeting.

Carson Valley artist Mark Tompkins, recently featured at the Tahoe Art League’s monthly meeting, grew up in an artistic household, as the son of noted graphic artist Robert Tompkins.

Mark studied life drawing and illustration at the Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles and went on to follow in his father’s footsteps as a graphic artist.

After moving to Nevada, Tompkins worked as a picture framer at a local frame shop. It was there that he began teaching painting classes for both children and adults. Currently, he is teaching art at the Douglas County Campus of WNCC, as well as, offering classes through the county parks and recreation program.

Tompkins offers private lessons at his studio, conducts monthly workshops at the Brewery Arts Center and a Saturday morning drop-in class, from 9 a.m. to noon, at 88 Cups, in Minden Village.

Tompkins’ inspiration and painting style was influenced by the early renaissance artists, as well as, artists like Andrew Wyeth and Maxfield Parrish. Tompkins prefers to paint with oils, watercolors and acrylics. The TAL demonstration will be a watercolor.

Winner of numerous awards, he enjoys painting wildlife, portraits and landscapes, especially Sierra landscapes. Mark’s works are on exhibit at 88 Cups and Jargee’s Import Gallery, in Carson City.

The public is invited to attend Tahoe Art League meetings, on the second Wednesday of the month, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the SLT Senior Center, 3050 Lake Tahoe Blvd.

On Wednesday and Thursday, TAL will be holding its Art Expo at Edgewood.

For information on these and other activities, view the TAL Web site at or call (530) 577-2604 or (775) 588-3579.

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