A Cowboys Heart (About)

I am an artist attempting to capture a moment that may offer a fleeting glimpse of transcendence pulling back the curtain that often hides the beauty, the mystery, the peace, the mercy and love that we all crave.  I endeavor through my art to use pictures and words to encourage and shine a light into dark places, allowing grace to be unveiled.

“To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived – that is to have succeeded.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

If I can reveal a moment that reaches your eyes, moves your heart and touches your soul then I have succeeded.  But only if you take that spark and use to ignite the embers that burn in others into a blazing fire!  I believe in the ‘ripple effect’, touch one life & you may touch the world.

To share the journey, however brief, is often a wonderful gift.  I know this all to well as my first wife died of breast cancer at the age of 27 after a battle with this dreaded disease over the last 3 years of our 5 year marriage.  Watching her fade and die, then walking away from all I had ever known and the future we had planned together was the hardest thing I have ever done.

“The pain I feel now is the happiness I had before. That’s the deal.” ~CS Lewis

But life goes on whether we want it to or not, we do not get that choice.  I did the best I could with what and who I was at the time and I do believe she breathed a little easier as I held her hand until her last breath.  Now I am happily remarried with a beautiful daughter who is growing up way to fast but she keeps me young, in this second chapter of my life.  I wish to share the joys, the sorrows, the hope and maybe even inspire on this crazy wonderful journey that we call life.  ~M

Please Note: E-mail info@markschutter.com for permission to use any of the content, especially if you want to do more than make an accredited link to a post, or if you would like to purchase, exhibit or license any of my artwork or writings. Thanks!

35 thoughts on “A Cowboys Heart (About)

  1. Thanks for visiting and following my blogs “Eyes to Heart” and “Musings of a Horse Mom.” … I’m really looking forward to being inspired by your words and images too. … Be well … Dorothy 🙂


  2. How fun to meet you! One of my readers, who knows I’m a PBR and PRCA “honorary mama”, told me about your Wiley Petersen drawing, so I rushed over to have a look-see–Excellent!! I so relate to what you said about “being this old, and having your life just begin”–it’s never too late, and the best is yet to come–praise Jesus!! God bless you and your family–love, sis Caddo (You’re invited to visit at CV any ol’ time!)


  3. Oh, you had to quote Lewis and seal my appreciation of your blog, did ya? What amazing art! I love hearing from the dads. I totally hear you….(on age and fresh beginnings….my feature post, Lessons from my 30s…). So nice to meet you. I know you will thrive here and celebrate your arrival!!


    • Thank you so much for your kind words! Being a parent is the ultimate blessing, both the joy and the heartache! Thank you so much for stopping by and commenting, I will be sure to check out your blog also!


  4. Mark,
    Thank you for always being so supportive on my blog. I had to come and read your ABOUT again and was so touched. I am so honored to follow your journey. Your work touches my soul!


    • Diane, I am not sure how I missed your comment here but thank you for your kind words. Very much appreciated! It is a pleasure to follow your journey as well.


  5. Hi Mark! I wanted to let you know that I’ve nominated you for the Wonderful Team Member Readership Award. I don’t know if you’re into receiving such awards but I just wanted you know know how much I appreciate your continued support as a reader of my blog “Musings of a Horse Mom.” Please click on the link for more information. … Be well, Dorothy 🙂


  6. Hi Mark… we’ve already chatted, but I wanted to say that it’s such a pleasure to meet you. The Emerson quote you have above is one of my favorites, and isn’t it the truth! 🙂 I’ve been looking through your artwork, and I’m seeing a lot of wonderful! Thank you for sharing your talent and self with all of us. 🙂


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  8. I am crying…. UGH and CS Lewis is my favorite…hands down…love him. You have a wonderful wonderful spirit. Holding someone’s hand as they die is unforgettable, especially someone you loved. My heart is with yours and I am so happy for the love’s you have in your life currently.


  9. Wow Mark, what a heart-wrenching experience you’ve had. Something I’m sure that has marked you deeply for life. I’m glad you have two beauties in your life now.


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  12. Hi Mark, I have nominated you for The Premio Dardos Award! I bet you are quivering with excitement… or perhaps you might be hitting your head against a wall repeating the phrase “Not another award, not another award!” You don’t have to accept this award, but I would love for you to pop over to my blog and come celebrate! There will be imaginary champagne, disco balls and a drumming cat! What more could one want? Hehe.

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