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Heartfelt Art

The Work of Columbia Gorge Artist Mark Nilsson Creates Happiness

— February 9, 2010 — Art & Design
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.
Trend Themes
1. Heart Art Trend - Mark Nilsson's heart art showcases a trend towards sentimental art that creates happiness.
2. Whimsical Art Trend - The sense of playful fun in Mark Nilsson's work taps into the trend of whimsical art that lifts moods without pushing clear statements.
3. Regional Muralist Trend - Mark Nilsson's work could help to usher in a trend of muralism that leans into a regional aesthetic and simultaneously elevates the communal spirit.
Industry Implications
1. Fine Art Industry - There is room for more disruptive innovation in the fine art industry to embrace more playful and sentimental work that lifts people's spirits, as well as more regional artists.
2. Tourism Industry - More public art, such as murals, could be a great opportunity for the tourism industry to boost interest in an area's cultural and artistic offerings.
3. Home Decor Industry - By tapping into the trend of whimsical or sentimental art, the home decor industry has an opportunity to market more affordable art pieces that lift moods and create happiness.
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