The original Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire bears the inscription “God Bless America, George Bush, 41st President, USA”." In 2003, it auctioned for $30,000 at the Annual American Art Classic in Houston, Texas to benefit The Gladney Center of Ft. Worth, a home and adoption agency for girls and women with unplanned pregnancies. Mark borrowed the title for this painting from a book by the same name about the Brooklyn Tabernacle Church in New York which came alive with God's spirit through prayer, confession, and humility. This image – without the Bush inscription – is available in giclee print.
Since its inception in 1887, the Fort Worth based Gladney Center for Adoption has placed more than 26,000 children (internationally and domestically) in forever homes and served more then 36,000 birth mothers. The agency also maintains the largest, most comprehensive maternity home in the United States. For more information about Gladney's international and domestic adoption programs, please log onto Gladney Center for Adoption.
Mark Stewart's natural gift of art led him to high school drafting classes and to a master's degree in Architecture at Texas A&M University. In the mid 70’s Mark began studying and experimenting with watercolor painting techniques. From that time Mark has engaged in dual careers of art and architecture. As an architect, he has designed libraries and museums, including Houston's Clayton Genealogical Research Library, and heads up historical renovation and preservation of public buildings. Meanwhile, Mark has had many one man exhibitions and is currently represented by MorrisWhiteside Galleries, Trailside Gallery, and Riverbend Fine Art. He has been featured in Southwest Art, American Artist, and Art Talk Magazine and has also been shown at the Museum of the Art of the American West, the University Center Galleries at Texas A&M, Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, Tucson Museum of Art, Albuquerque Museum of Art and the Autry Museum of Western Heritage.