Sketching the Muse

Check out below the third in a series of short films about Durham’s culture and people doing what they love by Ned Phillips aka The Cozmik Gangsta, sponsored by Runaway Clothes. (See the first two films here.)

In this episode, Cozmik Productions got inside the studio of one of Durham’s most gifted artists. Painter Mark Coffman is a Durham native. His journey has taken him from Riverside High School to the North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston, to Ringling College of Art and Design in Florida, and then on to Lubbock, Texas and Texas Tech for his MFA, before circling back to Durham. Phillips filmed him in his Durham Watts-Hillandale studio where Coffman paints some 2,000 hours a year. [Ed. note: Full disclosure, Coffman is one of my creative muses.]

Sketching the Muse from RUNAWAY on Vimeo.


Filmmaker, Ned Phillips, of Cozmik Productions and the Clarion Content, has been in the Durham cultural milieu for longer than you’d know. From his work on the in progress documentary film, Truth Underground, to the videos he has shot for Durham super groups, Hammer no More the Fingers and LiLa, his still waters run deep.


Clarion Content

Clarion Content is a Durham-based online magazine that curates and creates the thriving culture that gives our city its identity. Our community building is only as strong as our collective contributions. Our team of curators welcomes your comments, suggestions, and concerns. We are open to all points of view, especially those that challenge and therefore stimulate our own. We also encourage reader submitted material as well as guest columnists. See something cool, outrageous, outlandish, or important? Have a great cause? Send us a note or stop by our offices at the Mothership, 401 West Geer Street inside the MotorCo complex.

Be first to comment