this period in the young artists life, while
living with his stepmother Jean Mulleian and his three brothers,
artist acquired his first easel from his step-grandmother Lola Clark.
Lola Clarks daughter,
Jean Mulleian, married
G. Mark Mulleians father in 1954 and became the artist stepmother
when the artist was
seven years old. The easel originally belonged to William Clark, husband
of Lola Clark and father of Jean Mulleian. William Clark
was a painter and naturalist in the early 1900s. Inspired by the beauty
of Northern California landscapes, he painted the mountainous
terrain and the people who populated it. This William Clark was the direct descended
of William Clark, Sr., (August 1, 1770 September 1, 1838), American
explorer, soldier, Indian agent, and Missouri territorial
governor from 1813-20. William Clark, Sr. was also the legendary American explorer
of the 1803-05 Lewis and Clark Expedition, making
Jean Mulleian the great-, great-, great-granddaughter of the legendary historical
upon returning from Vietnam in 1969, Mulleian would be discovered by Leonard
Roy Frank who would introduce the artists work to the public, featuring
Mulleians first exhibition with Benny Bufano in 1969 and the 1970s
at the Frank Gallery in San Francisco. This would eventually bring Mulleians
work to the public attention on a national and international scale.
hundred-year-old easel established a perfect silent
relationship and vital support to Mulleian in perfecting his art.
In his early formative years and in his early teens as a young artist
in the early 1960s he worked an average of sixteen-hour sessions in complete
isolation in his home studio. From early evening and well into the night and
on through the early morning hours of the next day, the self taught artist trained
himself on this easel seven days a week, further refining his skill while discovering
new techniques. Concurrently during his high school days, Mulleian was practicing
his skills on another easel in a second studio, Bungalow Eight, a studio space
provided to him under the protection of such teachers as Mr. Danielson, Mrs.
Marilyn Clarke, Mr. George and counsel members at Lincoln High School. Here
he would continue painting and combining his knowledge and skills, eventually
leading one of his teachers to introduce Mulleian to artist/colleagues in there
North Beach studios.