About Mark

Contact me at: mamccall57@gmail.com

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Here is some stuff about me, if you want to know:

Personal mission statement: I Thessalonians 4: 11-12                                                                                                        Born: Abilene, TX     Dec. 16th 1957                                                                                                                                          Education: Goddard High 1976, Roswell NM;  ACU, Abilene TX, BS Biology 1980;  University of Texas Dental Branch, Houston; DDS 1985.

In 1980 I married Kim Mayben, class of 79, ACU. We reside in Waco, Texas. We don’t have children, but we have two gray tabby cats, Vincent and Theo.  UPDATE: Last year (2019) Vincent was diagnosed with diabetes. A massive change in their diets began, and Vincent started getting insulin. After about 3 months, in Feb of 2020, he went into remission! Yea! He now weighs about 14 &1/2 pounds. Yes he does look skinny. Theo has maintained his 20 pounds even though we have eliminated the carbs from their diet.  We also have about 30 koi fish in our pond in the back yard.

I’ve been practicing dentistry for 35 yrs. The last 3 years I have put the emphasis on Biomimetic Dentistry. This has been an amazing discovery, and it has put new life into what I do! It is challenging and I am still learning new things. I love it!   I love sports, especially tennis. I usually play a couple of times a week. I love to listen to acoustic guitar–I’m trying to learn just a little. I thought I could appreciate musicians, before I started messing around with the guitar———I can’t comprehend what they do now. I have stopped and started a few times with it. This will definitely be a life long experiment. I hope to be able to play something beautiful for Kim by the time I’m 80. That was not a misprint.

I love my God, Kim, family, friends, and the people I work with. I’ve always been interested in art. I loved to draw and paint when I was young. In 2002 I finally was influenced to take a stained glass class, and it has gradually led to me doing more of it. One of the most appealing things about it, to me, is that it can be a very solitary activity. Just me, myself, and some great music. I would much rather be working on a project or task than talking. I have found in my life the more I speak and try to express or explain, the more confused others become. That is frustrating. That is one of the reasons I think working with glass is so appealing to me. Originally stained glass was used to express ideas, themes, or tell a story. I attempt to do that in some of the designs, and I don’t have to say a word, except when someone comes up to me and asks, what are you trying to say? I don’t mind trying, but my explanation, to me falls short of what idea I was trying to convey. This would especially apply to the series of windows I just finished for my church. Pictures are on the page, Living God Consuming Fire. Well just a couple things more about me, and then I’m stopping. I have an addiction. Its dark chocolate, but I really think for the most part, it is under control. Really, I could stop if I wanted to. No, really—really —–I just don’t want to right now. One more thing. When I tell people this, I get the strangest looks, I’m not sure they believe me or they think I am a real weirdo——– I don’t have a cell phone———-UPDATE for 2017——-I am actually starting to use one a little more—–It was Kim’s old phone. I do not carry it with me all the time, but it has been nice to have on certain occasions. I’m not giving out the # though.  MAJOR UPDATE: I do have a cell phone now—I held out as long as possible—but in a way I don’t know how I lived without one??????  It has really been a good thing. I still do not carry it with me all the time, but I’m sure it won’t be long before I get used to doing that?

IMG_3867This is my niece, Taylor Ashley Bates who is an unbelievable artist. She was married to Hunter Bates on Dec. 12th 2015. She set this site up for me. I had to get a picture of her beside this piece of glass. If it wasn’t for her, you would not be reading this. I would have even harder time trying to show people what I like to do. Most importantly———- I am nothing—- anything good you see, is only because of the Living God.

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This is one of my favorite pictures. This was taken in July or Aug. of 2009. Vincent and Theo were about 6 mo. old and about 6 or 7 lbs. each. They are now 11 years old. This was the beginning of the process for making the church windows, by drawing out the first pattern to its actual size .  The church windows were completed in March of 2011 and are now a part of Crestview Church of Christ.

I’m always working on this—–its not easy

24 thoughts on “About Mark

  1. I had no idea that you were so “articulate” with your writing. Kudos to you for setting this blog up!!! Love the glass….keep it going! See ya at work! 😉

  2. Few words, my friend – except follow your heart, as you have done. You inspire me…glass on!

  3. I am so proud of my brother…an amazing artist in his own right. God has truly blessed you with many talents.

  4. This guy is “weird” but his work is awesome…..a “gifted man” with an incredible talent and wonderful wife….dhr

  5. Absolutely incredible! You are so blessed to be able to express yourself in such powerful and inspiring works of art! Loved the photos of the cats; they seem genuinely interested in the creative process! Thanks for sharing!

  6. LOVE the picture of you at the top of this page. Looks like it could have been taken after one of those dark chocolate binges? Dr McCall, you are an incredible artist whether you are doing stained glass or dental work. The good Lord blessed you richly, and he truly blessed those of us fortunate enough to spend time with you.

  7. Absolutely, truly remarkable! I honestly have goose bumps.
    God must have been feeling very generous each time He saw your name. A gifted and talented artist, a fine dentist, a gardener with a green thumb, and I am sure that playing a guitar will find it’s place in your life.
    Continue with this awesome glass work and we will be secretely be calling you Dr. Tiffany.

  8. Your stained glass is BEAUTIFUL artwork. I am a friend of Kari’s and thrilled that she shared your web site. Annette

  9. Mark is way too modest! He is an incredible individual with a giving and compassionate spirit. He and Kim are long time friends of our family and have blessed us beyond measure! He is also my dentist . He is amazing as Dr. McCall as well.
    His talent for creating beauty with slivers of glass is growing with every piece completed.
    What I love about his ‘Windows’ is the thought and meaning each placement of glass has. thank you, Taylor, for allowing more of us to see his work. Encourage him to add more photos of his many beautiful works! Biggest Fan!

  10. Hi Mark! Great seeing you at the reunion! I’ve got some photos to send you of my dad’s work. I’d like to see about getting a few of the pieces fixed that have fallen (ugh) on harder times. Best regards, karl novak

  11. Your work continues to not surprise me but amaze me! The guitars are awesome! I love your spirit and the love you have for God and my life long friend, your wife Kim!

    1. Mark, I’m not sure what you’re asking but keep me on your mailing list💕

      Sent from my iPhone

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  12. I am very impressed with your artwork, as well as your writing. Great talent that is not being wasted. Keep it up!
    We don’t only have being Dallas Cowboy fans in common…I also lived in Roswell, NM.

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