Mark does not play the Cigar Box guitar but he sure knows how to built them! These nifty guitars make great party conversations, family sing-a-longs and jams with your friends. They also sound wonderful, though each guitar sounds different to the other. Why am I telling you, you’ll just have to try it yourself.
I have always liked to create.
I had two mentors: My grandfather, who could make or fix anything with whatever scraps he could find, and my cousin, Wayne, whose never-ending curiosity led him to create the most amazing things. I was in awe of these two men and the way they looked at objects, and saw the potential that no one else could. Through them, I learned how to “see”.
I feel uncomfortable with the title “artist”; I feel more at home with the term “creator”, (but with a small “c”!), because I am driven to create. The urge is always there. It is not “art” in my mind, just something I have to do. It’s an urge that is very hard to put aside. Even if I don’t physically engage, I cannot stop my mind from planning and creating.
When I complete a guitar and pick up the finished piece for the first time, it is a wonderful feeling. But the real goose bumps come when I see the joy in people’s eyes when they play one of my guitars for the first time.
Mark’s gallery of art