- Artist: Mark Preston
- Edition Size: 125 signed and numbered, 13 artist's proofs, 2 printer's proofs
- Paper Size: 28 x 76 cm, 11 x 30 inches
- Image Size: 23 x 71 cm, 9 x 28 inches
- Publication Year: 2018
"As an artist I often reflect on the world around me and absorb all that nature offers, including its silence and stillness.
As I quietly steal time away from the city, away from all that is… I find myself standing in stillness. There is a busyness that is like none in the trees. There are birds darting from tree to tree, as I take in the lightness and the gentleness of the scene. I slow down my heart beat, so that there is only stillness and peace in my moment, my world. Branch to branch, as the birds edge ever so close, until they dare not.
I stand alone in this still place, this quietness. Peace.”
- Mark Preston (Tenna-Tsa-Teh)
This limited edition silk screen print titled "Winter Song" by Mark Preston was hand produced by the screen printing process. It is the only limited edition printing of this design. The artist has inspected and signed each copy in the edition. The printer has destroyed all trial copies and obliterated the printing stencils.
Published by Cedar Hill Long House Native Art Prints.
Mark Preston (Tenna-Tsa-Teh) is an Aboriginal artist from Dawson City, Yukon. He is of Tlingit and Irish ancestry and presently resides in the Yukon.
Mark Preston learned about his Tlingit ancestry through family and school study. Initially, he began studying art through European masters such as Leonardo da Vinci, but later discovered Northwest Coast Native artists such as Bill Reid, Robert Davidson and Roy Vickers.
He cites Mark Rothko and Jack Bush as influences in his more recent aboriginal paintings and artworks which transcend the traditional Tlingit Native art form and move him closer into the abstract and contemporary realm.
Mark has studied various mediums in paper, cloth, wood, metals, stone and glass. He studied silver carving with well known master jeweler and carver Phil Janze (Gitskan Nation) at Hazelton, BC.
“When I think about what art is, it is more than illustration or objects to be doted over. Art is the magic, the glue that binds us all together. It is the language that transcends its forms.”