“I like to keep busy. I was diagnosed with schizophrenia at a young age, and struggled for years to figure out how to live with my disorder until it was noticed that I had an aptitude for arts and crafts. I’ve been painting as long as I can remember, and it has brought me great joy to share my work with others. I like to paint anything, from copies of my favorite works of art to portraits of friends and family. I always get a boost when someone praises my work, and it’s every old guy’s dream to have people take interest.I don’t want to sound too sappy, but painting keeps me busy and productive. When a lot of people retire, they get depressed with nothing to do and drive their families crazy. But for me, retirement isn’t an option. I believe in the old adage, “everything in moderation,” but when it comes to painting, I will never get tired of capturing dignified facial expressions in portraits or depicting pastoral landscapes. To know what you know and to know what you do not know is to have wisdom. What I know is that painting is what keeps me happy, healthy and connected to the people around me.”

— Mark Landis



About Mark

Mark’s inspiring and heart-warming story brings to light the importance of community, productivity, and purpose in coping with mental illness. In an effort to support others in living fulfilling lives with mental illness, a portion of the proceeds made from commissioned art pieces are donated to National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). Mark also sat on a panel at a NAMI-hosted screening of Art & Craft with the filmmakers and curator of Intent to Deceive.

To place an order for a Mark Landis original commission and help better the lives of those affected by mental illness, please visit the Commission an Original page. To donate directly to NAMI, please visit their donation page.

“Mark Landis serves as an inspiration to so many individuals living with mental illness because of his modesty and passion. Mark is proof that you can live a full and rewarding life with a mental illness that is only one small part of who he is as a whole. NAMI is thrilled to have been given an opportunity to welcome him into our family.”

“I cannot tell you how much ‘buzz’ I heard after the movie showing. Mark’s story, although ethically questionable, provided so much hope to so many parents as well as individuals living with an illness. That he was able to produce such beautiful art, and be organized enough in his planning and processing to manage to do what he did, on the scale that he did, provided hope to people who worry they will never have an organized thought of any sort in the future.”
— Teri S. Brister, Ph.D., LPC, Director of Content Integrity & NAMI Basics

 About NAMI

NAMI logoThe National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. They focus on education, advocacy, help line support, and awareness activites and events to better the lives of millions affected by mental illness. To get more information, find support, or get involved, please visit the NAMI website.

NAMI HelpLine
The Information HelpLine is an information and referral service which can be reached by calling 1 (800) 950-NAMI (6264), Monday through Friday, 10 a.m.- 6 p.m., EST or by email at

Education, Training and Peer Support Center
NAMI State Organizations and local NAMI Affiliates offer an array of free education and support programs for individuals, family members, providers and the general public. These include Family-to-Family, Peer-to-Peer, NAMI Support Group, In Our Own Voice and more.

Recovery International
The mission of Recovery International is to use the cognitive-behavioral, peer-to-peer, self-help training system developed by Abraham Low, MD, to help individuals gain skills to lead more peaceful and productive lives.