BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) -- Mark Whitley was born and raised here in Bowling Green. In 2004, a book, The Impractical Cabinetmaker by James Krenov (Linden 1999) changed the way he approached his work of design and building.
Eventually he accepted what he does as art. Mark's artist statement: "I approach furniture as functional pieces of art. As a studio craftsman, my primary focus is directed on the holistic aesthetics of the piece: the way each piece of wood is joined in harmony with the others, the relationship of the top with the back, the sides with the shelves, and the doors with the whole of the piece. Curves and different species of wood are used in a sparingly and thoughtfully intentional manner so as to enhance the feel of a piece of furniture and keep with the integrity of the design."
His work has been displayed from coast to coast. Mark not only creates pieces of art through wood, but also musically. We were lucky enough to be invited in Mark's home/studio to see where he takes a chunk of wood and turns it into a one-of-a-kind piece of art.