mark lovett portrait painterMark Lovett | Portrait Painter

Mark E. Lovett is an international, award winning portrait painter and master oil painter. He is an associate living master at ARC (Art Renewal Center), and is represented by Rehs Gallery NY, NY. Mark receives oil portrait commissions from clients around the globe.

Mark’s work has been featured in numerous publications including Bethesda Magazine,  Capital File Magazine, Washington Spaces Magazine, Gulf Connoisseur Magazine Dubai, Washington Parent Magazine,  Managed Futures Today Magazine, Applause Magazine Strathmore and others. You can read articles about Mark and see his work here.

Some of Mark’s portrait clients include: Terraform, Lendlease, SunEdison, Broadsoft, Martek Global, designDATA, Boland, Congressman Bill Livingston, Forrest Whitaker (Academy Award Winning Actor), Gregg Allman of Allman Bros Band.

Mark Lovett delivering a portrait painting of Duane Allman to Gregg Allman

Mark delivering portrait painting of Duane Allman to Gregg Allman

Born and raised in Maryland, Mark began playing guitar and singing professionally at the age of 14 and continued doing so into his thirties. His passion for visual arts did not take root until early mid-life, when he discovered his interest in visual arts.  After struggling with alcohol and drug dependence, Mark discovered that his passion for art helped the healing process.  Mark’s painting, and his new faith in God, through Jesus Christ,  led to a spiritual connection to every painting he creates.

While Mark’s music can still be heard on his website or in infrequent live performances, his music became an avocation, while art became his vocation and passion. A graduate of the University of Maryland, Mark studied figurative and portrait painting at Nelson ShanksStudio Incamminati in Pennsylvania, The Art League School in Alexandria, VA., and he attended many master artist workshops throughout the country, honing his skills depicting human form and painting live models regularly.

Mark loves the old masters, such as William Bouguereau, John Singer Sargeant, among many others, and he strives to merge their techniques with his own style and vision. When you get a minute, come by and visit me at

portrait painter Mark Lovett

Mark strives to create beautiful color harmony with a tasteful but vibrant-color palette, and to fuse same into carefully conceived compositions, using bold strokes, and impasto, yet creating a delicate rendering of the human face and form to capture the essence of his subjects on canvas.

Mark previously traveled throughout Europe and America for inspiration for his images. He works with local models, including one who has been used in many of the famous Pino’s portraits.

Mark has won numerous awards including:

2006 Portrait Society of America Children’s Portrait Competition; 2007 Women’s Club of Chevy Chase, MD Annual Art Show; 2005 Rockville Art League Art Show Winner and his art has been featured in magazines including: Capitol File Magazine 2008; Washington Spaces Magazine 2007 and 2006;

Who’s Who of Strathmore Worldwide 2007-2008; Preview Magazine Art Expo, NY 2007; Strathmore Applause Magazine cover 2006; Art Business News Magazine 2006 and 2005.  Mark’s listings and memberships include the Oil Painters of America OPA; Portrait Artist Society of America; and the International Guild of Realism, Scottsdale, AZ.


Mark's portraits are beautifully executed.

Martin Sullivan / Director, National Portrait Gallery Washington, DC

Mark's sense of composition and poetry of subject is excellent ... as good as the best living artists.

Fred Ross / CEO, Art Renewal Center,

It is difficult thing to capture the essence of a personality: Mark has done this -
it is in the eyes. I love his work.

Laura Guarisco / Owner Guarisco Gallery , D.C.'s Preeminent dealer in Old Master's Art

I am crying... I just called my mother crying into the phone because this is not just who she is today but you can see who she will be later. HE IS AMAZING!

Jennifer/Brydon's Mother

Mark’s ‘Elise’ is a breathtaking likeness that will give us joy every day for the rest of our lives. His unmatched work exudes compassion, understanding and artistic genius.

Elise's Grandfather

Mark has a gift unmatched. I appreciate not only his work as an artist but his connection to her as a person.

Jennifer Hollander / Brydon's Parent

Your work is incredible! The painting of Madelyne in the park makes me want a daughter just so I can have a painting like that!

Ashlee Vaught / Savannah, Georgia

My daughter Addie is the sitting ballerina in your work "Little Ballerinas" I was so overwhelmed by it. An amazing work!

Patty Steele / Bethesda, MD

Capturing a women and child in oil on canvas is an extremely difficult thing to do.......and Mark has the gift

Fred Folsom / Artist, Maryland

Your paintings are incredibly beautiful, depicting the innocence and natural beauty of children and I can only aspire to reach this level. Thank you for the inspiration!

Marilyn Sutton/Maryland

Washington Spaces Magazine

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Feature article about Mark Lovett's oil paintings in Washington Spaces Magazine.  Mark's paintings are shown hanging on the walls in the prominent Bethesda MD collector's home, and Mark and the collector are…

Capitol File Magazine

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Article about Mark Lovett and his oil painting featured in Capital File Magazine. SOME PORTRAIT PAINTERS DAUB A LIKENESS BASED ON A single photograph, but Mark Eliot Lovett, whose work…

Bethesda Magazine Article “Re-Invention”

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Bethesda Magazine Article "Re-Invention" about Mark Lovett's Painting   It's not easy putting yourself out there for the whole world to see, but I am hoping my story is an…

Gulf Connoisseur Magazine

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Gulf Connoisseur Magazine article about oil painter, Mark Eliot Lovett.