The Haiku Foundation honors the work of contemporary masters of the dual art of haiga: visual image wedded to haiku. This month’s featured artist is Mark Meyer.
A former scientist and educator, Mark is a visual artist and writer. To create his haiga/shahai, he utilizes various artistic tools and techniques, analog, digital, and what-have-you hybrid, to pair with his haiku, tanka, and haibun. He’s relatively new at short-form poetry and confesses that his artwork often helps get his poetry accepted and published here and there. An eclectic generalist, his haiga/shahai run the gamut artistically and thematically — the natural and supranatural worlds, the arts and sciences, the personal and interpersonal, and the uncategorized realms of the imagination. He’s published one book and is procrastinating over another. Mark lives in the middle of Lake Washington and loves dogs, guitars, the moon, Japan, and sundry other diversions.