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Hub's Art


Versatility is a trademark of his work. Mark Hubbart is a portrait artist, using charcoal, acrylics, or pastels to create his award winning work.

The sixty one year old artist from Clinton says he pours so much of himself into every painting. A look inside his home is like a who's who from the world of entertainment. He is a huge Beatles fan, and he has two paintings featuring those famous musicians. Each one took six months to do.

One of his favorites is a portrait he did of Elizabeth Taylor as Cleopatra. He has done portraits of Johnny Cash, Buddy Holly, Elvis Presley and many other famous personalities.

Mark works strictly from photos with an eye toward contrast. Contrast between light and dark. He also is a musician, playing the mandolin and guitar. You'll find musical instruments featured in his work, including a self portrait he did. Some of his art also has religious themes. One painting of Jesus was inspired by a statue he photographed at a cemetery in Clinton.

Hubbart studied art at Mount Saint Clare College in Clinton. There was a time in his life that Mark put painting aside for about eleven years. He became the primary care giver for his late wife who was seriously injured  in a near-fatal car accident. At that time, He was also working as a housing inspector for the city of Clinton.

Hub's Art has won several blue ribbons, and he has displayed his work at exhibits in Clinton and other local communities. He says portraits are the most challenging and rewarding art form.


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