Mark Rohrig is a surrealist/realist painter of Native American culture who grew up drawing and painting in the hills and canyons around Grand Junction. In middle school he was drawing western historical themes that included mountains, rocks, trees, old buildings, trains, wagons; anything western. In junior high school he met an art teacher who had a profound influence on him and his future. She taught all mediums and introduced him to acrylic paint which he still uses today. Mark isn't trying to copy history; instead he uses history for inspiration and as a point of departure. He works without photos, using his imagination, and is well-know for his detail that includes beading, feathers, artifacts and faces. He has recently been painting landscapes, Native American women and children, and mountain men and showing people in relationship to each other.