Â For Mark Zelten, artistic expression has always been a major factor in his life, but in recent years, it has become an obsession. Starting with extensive workshops with nationally renowned painters suchÂ as David Leffel and Everett Raymond Kinstler, and culminating in his formal training and 2008 graduation from the Kewaunee Academy of Fine Art. There, he studied under the masterful vision of Door County painter and artistic director Craig Blietz. Since then, this Northeastern Wisconsin native has become an instructor at the Kewaunee Academy, while his paintings have appeared in numerous juried exhibitions, including the Miller Museum in Sturgeon Bay, the annual Arts Unlimited show in Green Bay, where he received a First Place award for portraiture, the Francis Hardy Center for the Arts in Ephraim, where he garnered a Jurorâ€™s Choice award, the Cedarburg Plein Air Festival Quick Paint event, earning an Honorable Mention and most recently, acceptance in the Oil Painters of America Eastern Region Exhibit in Wilmington North Carolina. Mark has quickly forged a remarkable retinue of portrait and landscape painting and has continued his study with workshops from Tony Pro and Wisconsin master painter Dan Gerhartz.