Mark Baumbach: “Strata”

Whitefish artist shares abstract paintings through August at Walking Man Gallery

Art Beat

“I have a passion for making things happen on the canvas,” writes Mark Baumbach, whose work is on display through Aug. 31 at Walking Man Frame Shop and Gallery in Whitefish.

He was born and raised in Missoula, joined the Marine Corps for a tour of duty, and then earned a BFA in painting from the University of Montana, where he met his wife, Shannon, a fellow artist.

Upon recognizing the expressive quality of abstraction in 1997, Baumbach began developing his artistic process into an emotionally expressive and intellectually stimulating abstract painting style. “The dynamic and expressive qualities of abstraction are what drive my work, but nature is what defines it,” he writes.

Concentrating on the formal aspects of art, he uses professional painting methods, raw technique, and an intuitive process to compose his images. His paintings are often full of raw energy and movement, yet refined and composed into a unique, cohesive style.

Art enthusiasts across the United States have purchased his work for private and public collections. His work has also been used as set backdrops for Whitefish Theatre Company and Alpine Theatre Project, won awards, and been displayed in art galleries and businesses in Montana.

“I love the challenge of making an engaging composition using only the artistic principles as a starting point,” says the Whitefish artist. See more of his work at