Up this week on Mark Nilsson’s FaceBook page is a collection of heart paintings ostensibly for Valentine’s Day, but the heart art will make people happy whether or not they celebrate Cupid’s dart, just the way Nilsson likes it.

Columbia River Gorge artist Mark Nilsson lives and works in Hood River, Oregon. He is a well-known regional painter of murals, and fine art. Brilliant colors imbue much of his work with a sense of playful fun. Whether impressionistic, whimsical, realistic, or the mischievous trompe l’oeil, Nilsson’s labors of love celebrate the craft of art and the art of life.