MARK JESINOSKI

Artist Biography

Mark Jesinoski is an artist and program director at VetArt.org. Mark earned his PhD. in Clinical Psychology in 2010.

As an artist, Mark has shown extensively in the Southern California region as well as galleries in Laguna Beach, California; Aspen, Colorado; and Scottsdale, Arizona Mark began painting at age 20 while working at a coal mine in an isolated region of Wyoming. Over the past 20 years, Mark has consistently gone back to the canvas to process life, explore culture and meaning, and build bridges to the community.

Beyond the content of Mark's work he believes art is a great medium for connection, education and change. To this end Mark has worked diligently over the past eight years to facilitate arts programming in the community. Mark's work in the Veterans community led to the creation of The Rebirth Initiative in 2014, through the Oceanside Museum of Art's Exploring Engagement Artist in Residence program. This program was designed to directly facilitate arts programming for Veterans in San Diego County, and resulted in a lasting partnership with The Veterans Art Project (VetArt.org). Mark has now been working with VetArt since Spring 2015 and his efforts have helped build bridges to encompass a national presence.

As a psychologist in training, Mark did his graduate work at Utah State University, his doctoral residency at the University of San Diego and post-doctoral rotations at USD, SDSU, and UCSD respectively. These experiences built a strong foundation for understanding the human experience, for building useful and meaningful programming, and for engaging more fully in the art-making process. Mark's background in Psychology will always inform both his art and community work.

Artist Statement

Over the years art has become a means to connect, educate and explore. Art is a bridge to the community. 
It is a great expression of freedom and perhaps one of the greatest mediums for change.

Professional Activities

The Rebirth Initiative: A Project By Dr. Mark Jesinoski for the Exploring Engagement Artist in Residence Series through the Oceanside Museum of Art. Launched October 2014.

The Rebirth Initiative (TRI) is, at it's core, about connecting, healing, and educating through the medium of art.  It is about giving our veterans a voice by creating arts for healing programs in our communities.  It is about building in-depth understanding of the emotional, psychological, and spiritual impact of war and in-turn, the art of change post-deployment. It is about creating empathy within the communities our veterans call home and ultimately understanding how war and human suffering affect us all.  

The Rebirth Initiative is a project created by Dr. Mark Jesinoski as a means to use art as a form of engagement, healing, and change not just with our veterans, but rather for supporting and understanding our veterans within the context of the communities they call home.  Through this project Dr. Jesinoski offers an experiential workshop series using basic artistic and mindfulness practices to build a personal understanding of the concept of trauma, how combat affects veterans, and the challenges of change post-deployment.  This workshop series is intended as a bridge to the community and a means to support local organizations in creating their own programs using art as a medium for healing and change with our veterans, their families, and their communities.  The Rebirth Initiative helps us understand how trauma deeply affects not just veterans, but by extension our culture as a whole, AND how we can learn to empathize with our collective wounds in the service of acceptance, love, and equality.