ZenART's Membership Plans Terms & Conditions

(Updates effective 17/08/2020)

These terms and conditions (“Terms and Conditions”) govern the ZenART Supplies Rewards & Referral Plan as well as Subscribe & Save Plan (“Membership Plans”), and members of the programs will earn zen coins in connection with the purchase of qualifying online products and online activities that are redeemable towards the purchase of certain products online. For the re-occurring members (Subscribe & Save Plan) this includes exclusive gifts & content.


  • Free. No purchase is necessary to obtain membership in the Rewards & Referral Program, but you must establish an account at https://shop.zenartsupplies.co/account/register . Please see our privacy policy, located here, to understand how information you provide us will be used. This program is void where prohibited.
  • Eligibility. In order to be eligible for the Rewards & Referral Program, you must create an account as outlined in these Terms and Conditions. You may create an account if you are at least seventeen (17) years of age, have Internet access, and have a valid mailing address. If you are between the ages of 17 and 18, you must have your parent’s permission to register for an account. If you choose to create an account, you are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of your account, username and password and for restricting access to your account. You are responsible for keeping such information current, complete, accurate and truthful. You agree to accept responsibility for all activities that occur under your account, username and/or password. You agree to provide only current, complete, accurate and truthful information. If you are accessing and using the Site on someone else’s behalf, you represent that you have the authority to bind that person as the principal to all Terms and Conditions provided herein, and to the extent you do not have such authority you agree to be bound to these Terms and Conditions and to accept liability for harm caused by any wrongful use of the Site or Content resulting from such access or use. You may only have one member account per natural person. Persons who are discovered to have more than one account forfeit their zen coins and will be unsubscribed from the Loyalty Program.
  • How To Enroll in the Rewards & Referral Program. (a) Create an account: Visit www.zenartsupplies.com (the "Site" or "Online") and become a registered user of the Site. Click here to be taken directly to the registration page. You will be asked for your first and last name, your email address, and a password. You will also be given the option to sign up for our newsletter. Once you have submitted the requisite information, you will be sent an email to the address you listed confirming your membership. Once you have confirmed your email address, you are automatically enrolled in the Reward & Referral Program and are a member (“Member”).
  • How to Access/Change Your Member Information. You must keep your personal information on your Account up-to-date. To do so, click on the "My Account" section and access your account by entering your registered email address and current password. From your dashboard you can access your account information; review your current and past orders; change your profile; manage your subscriptions and applications, and access your previous purchases.
  • How to Cancel Your Membership. You may cancel an account at any time. To cancel your account, please send an email to support@zenartsupplies.co and write “cancel membership” in the subject line. The email must come from the account currently listed on our servers as being associated with your Rewards & Referral Program. If you no longer have access to that email address, please email our customer service department and we will verify your status and cancel your account. Upon cancellation, you are no longer a member, and any unused zen coins accrued in your account will be forfeited and cannot be redeemed. Zen coins maintain their value only on valid accounts in good standing, and except as otherwise provided here for redemption, have no cash value outside of their redemption value on the Site.


  • General Members can earn zen coins on the purchase of qualifying online products at zenartsupplies.co. To receive zen coins for your Online purchases, you must be signed into your account. You may check at any time to see if you are signed in to the Site by looking in the upper right-hand corner of the site. Gift cards do not qualify for zen coins. Other products that do not qualify for zen coins are noted on the Site.
  • Earning Rate. Members earn 5 sen coins for every $1.00 spent on qualifying purchases (in other words, one (5) zen coins for every one dollar ($1) spent). Zen coins are based on your order subtotal, after any discounts, only. Zen coins are rounded down to the nearest whole number. For example, if you spend $9.99, you will receive 9 zen coins. The calculation is as follows: $9.99 x 1 zen coins per dollar = 9.99 zen coins, which is rounded down to 9 zen coins. This program started on August 17, 2020, and initial levels were set on the 2020 amount spent on ordering products. Note: Shipping and Taxes are not taken into consideration. If an item is return and/or price adjusted that will also be removed from your rewards calculations.
  • Gift Cards. Gift card purchases are not eligible to receive zen coins. However, once a gift card is redeemed, zen coins will be awarded to the recipient for the subtotal after any gift card values, provided s/he is logged into the account, as outlined in these Terms and Conditions.
  • Addition of Zen Coins to Accounts. Zen Coins will be added to your Account under the following conditions, and will generally show up immediately. You will receive zen coins:
    • At the time of account registration
    • During the purchase of qualifying products
    • For other activities outlined on the Site that may show up from time to time. Note that for these other activities, including “bonus zen coins” accumulations and other zen coin promotions, zen coins may show as “pending,” depending upon the activity.
    • Joining the Birthday Club. Birthdate must be entered 30 days before your Birthday to qualify.
    • For Liking the ZenART Supplies Facebook page and sharing the ZenART Supplies Facebook page with your following. This is good one time only.
    • Following ZenART Supplies on Instagram. This is good one time only.
    • Referring a friend to ZenART Supplies. Your account will be automatically awarded the discount only if the referral friend used the link sent to them from your referral account and makes a qualifying purchase. Discount will automatically be applied to account if stipulations are met.
  • Exclusions. Members earn zen coins only on the purchase price of: (i) qualifying online products. Calculation of zen coins excludes payment by the Member for shipping charges and all taxes, including without limitation, federal, state, and local taxes or use taxes. Zen Coins will not be earned on any discounts or other credits offered in connection with a product or service. For example, if a product that is normally $50 is on sale for $25, a Member will only earn zen coins on the purchase price of $25. Purchases of gift cards, redemption of vouchers, and any type of price adjustments, including merchandise returns, are not eligible for zen coins. All purchases made: (i) by a Member prior to such member joining the Program, (ii) Online without a Member being logged onto the Website with the Member's Account number linked to the Member's Online account, are not eligible for Reward & Referral Program credit. The purchase of ZenART Supplies products outside the Zenartsupplies.co website are not eligible for the Reward & Referral Program.
  • Returns/Order Cancellations. Zen Coins earned for a purchase that is then the subject of a return, cancellation, refund, declined credit card or gift card, or other credit will be deducted from your account in an amount equal to the zen coins earned for the original transaction, including any bonus zen coins that may be applicable. Any rewards discounts that are applied to the order, will be distributed equally to the applicable items in the order when completing a return. Zen Coins redeemed on an order will not be reapplied back to your rewards account for any reason on a returned order. If a return/cancellation will cause your account to have a negative zen coin balance, you will not begin earning zen coins again until your zen coins balance is returned to zero (0), by making purchases, or engaging in other promotional activities offered from time to time. If an item is exchanged (different product) any redeemed rewards on the initial purchase may be transferred to the exchange one (1) time only. Rewards used on an order that is canceled cannot be reapplied as they are good for just one use.
  • Bonus Zen Coins Promotions. From time to time, ZenART Supplies may run certain bonus zen coin promotions. Under bonus zen coin promotions, Members can earn additional or "bonus zen coins" in connection with the purchase of certain online products. When you purchase these specially marked products or make the purchase during a bonus zen coins time period, you will earn bonus zen coins on each product, as specified in the offer. Bonus zen coin promotions are subject to the terms and conditions of the offer and may be offered at any time in ZenART Supplies sole discretion. Bonus zen coin offers cannot be combined with any other offer.
  • Limitations on Bonus Zen Coins and Zen Coins, Generally. These terms apply to zen coins and bonus zen coins accruals. If you purchase a product during a promotion and the product comes with an additional, free product, zen coins will not be issued on the retail value of the free product. If you redeem zen coins towards the purchase of a product and pay a portion of the retail price after the zen coin's redemption, you will receive zen coins only on the leftover retail amount you pay, and not on any value attributed to the zen coin you used. If you redeem zen coins towards the purchase of a product in an amount equal to the full price of the product, you will not earn any zen coins.
  • Non-purchase Options for Earning Zen Coins. You may also earn additional zen coins on non-purchase activities. From time to time, ZenART Supplies may offer you the chance to win various prizes, and earn zen coins, for entering into promotions. For sweepstakes promotions, there is NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO PLAY OR TO WIN. Rules and restrictions will apply to such promotions and may be found on the entry page of any promotion.
  • Referring a friend to ZenART Supplies. Email a friend an $8 off coupon on $50 order by clicking “ Earn Zen Coins” then “ Refer a Friend”. Enter the email address of a friend who has not purchased with ZenART Supplies before (if your referral has shopped with us before the referral link will be automatically voided by the system). A referral link will be sent to your friend with an $8 off coupon on a $50 order. $8 off coupon on $50 order will automatically be rewarded to your account only if the referral friend used the link sent to them from your referral account and makes a qualifying first-time purchase with ZenART Supplies. Your Referral friend will receive an $8 off coupon on $50 order, 200 zen coins for signing up, and zen coins from their first purchase made while signed into their new ZenART Supplies account.


  • How To Use Your Zen Coins. Zen Coins must be used in increments outlined in these Terms and Conditions. The maximum number of zen coins that may be used in a single transaction is 10,000 zen coins. Zen Coins may only be used Online at the ZenART Supplies website. Zen Coins towards Products: Members can use their zen coins to reduce the purchase price of a product or to receive a product for free based on the following scale:
    • 500 zen coins = $5.00 off
    • 1,000 zen coins = $10.00 off your at least $50 order
    • 1,500 zen coins = $15.00 off your at least $50 order
    • 2,500 zen coins = $25.00 off your at least $50 order

    Zen Coins can only be redeemed in any combination of the zen coin and increment amounts set forth above. Redemption of zen coins towards purchases of products is subject to product availability. Any rewards discounts that are applied to the order, will be distributed equally to the applicable items in the order when completing a return.

  • Gift cards. Once available, zen coins cannot be used towards the purchase of gift cards. Gift card redemption, however, is eligible for zen coins. Zen Coins accrued pursuant to the use of a gift card will benefit the gift card user, provided the user has an account in accordance with these Terms and Conditions.
  • To Redeem your Zen Coins. Before you begin shopping with us, sign in to your Shop account on our site. Select “Redeem Zen Coins” from the red tab housed in the lower left-hand corner of the screen and select the amount of zen coins you would like to redeem. You will be issued a custom code that you can copy and paste into the discount bar during check out (Please note - only one code can be used). Your total payment amount will be discounted by the amount of zen coins you allocate to the purchase. Note that zen coins may only be redeemed for the purchase price of the product. Sales tax, shipping, and other handling charges assessed in addition to the price of the product are your responsibility and zen coins may not be used to discount these additional charges.
  • Exclusions. Only one account per natural person. Only one discount code can be redeemed per transaction. Rewards redemption codes may not be combined with any other discount codes. Zen Coins may not be transferred or gifted at this time. Zen Coins cannot be used on past purchases. Zen Coins accumulated on different accounts by different members may not be combined or aggregated to make purchases of products or for any other reason. Zen Coins earned in a transaction cannot be redeemed in the same transaction. Redeemed zen coins cannot be retroactively applied to any past order or receive a price adjustment on any order where redeemed zen coins were not applied. Zen Coins have no cash value outside of the ZenART Supplies website and are available only to members in good standing.
  • Zen Coins Expiration and Time Lapses. All zen coins acquired, whether standard zen coins or bonus zen coins, shall expire 180 days from the date the zen coins are added to your account. Zen Coins expire 180 days from the date in which they were assigned to your account. Specific onsite activities in which zen coins will be awarded are set to accrue zen coins based on a time-lapse at the discretion of ZenART Supplies.
    • Sign up: zen coins are added to your account instantly
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  • Once zen coins are redeemed, a discount code will be assigned and we are unable to cancel the discount code and reapply the zen coins to your Reward & Referral account. Discount codes generated by redeeming zen coins do not expire until used. They are a one-time use code, so once it is used it is gone. If an order is returned zen coins will not be reinstated.

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  • 15% re-occurring discount. As a member of the subscribe & Save Plan, you are eligible for a 15% discount every time you put an order in place. You are qualified for the discount as soon as you purchase the plan.
  • Cancellation. After a purchase made with a Subscribe & Save Plan, you are not able to get a refund for the plan for the month the purchase was valid for but you can cancel for the following months.
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  • Access to exclusive content. Exclusive access to tutorials, guides, tips & tricks in video, pdf, or audio format will be part of the membership program. Not all exclusive content is available but what is and will be available is up to ZenART Supplies sole discretion.


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Who Was Mark Rothko?

Who Was Mark Rothko?

Name: Markus Yakolevich Rohtkowitz

Date of Birth: 25 September 1903

Place of Birth: Daugavpils, Latvia

Date of Death: 25 February 1970 (66 years old)

Place of Death: New York City, U.S.

Known for: Pioneering color field paintings in abstract art. While Mark Rothko didn’t subscribe to a movement, he is primarily associated with the abstract expressionists in America during the 1950s.

7 facts about Mark Rothko 

“There is no such thing as good painting about nothing.” - Mark Rothko

“There is no such thing as good painting about nothing.” - Mark Rothko

Mark Rothko was an American painter associated with the abstract expressionist movement that developed in New York in the 1950s. You can easily recognize his work by its large rectangular planes of color. This style is known as color field painting.

In life, Mark Rothko believed his paintings could allow anyone to confront their innermost emotions.

He once said, “A painting is not about an experience. It is an experience.”

Looking at art doesn’t require any previous knowledge; sometimes all you need to do is feel the work, not analyze it. Art can simply be an act of self-reflection. 

With that, let’s get into the life and works of the abstractionist mythmaker, Mark Rothko.

Born Markus Rothkowitz, he anglicized his name to avoid antisemitism

Markus Yakolevich Rothkowitz was born in 1903 in Dvinsk, Russia (now, Daugavpils, Latvia). His parents were Jewish left-leaning intellectual atheists and he was the youngest of four children. Rothko’s family was well educated. He even spoke four languages: Russian, Yiddish, Hebrew, and English.

To avoid anti-Semitism and being drafted into the Russian army, the Rothkowitz family migrated to the U.S. in 1913 and settled in Portland, Oregon. 

It wasn’t until 1938 that Mark Rothko became a naturalized U.S. citizen. At that time, the threat of the Nazis loomed all over Europe. Fearing deportation and discrimination as a Jew and immigrant, Markus Rothkowitz changed his name to Mark Rothko. 

Yale University granted Mark Rothko a scholarship, but he dropped out after his sophomore year

As with any immigrant story, Mark Rothko’s assimilation into American life was far from easy. 

In 1922, he received a scholarship to Yale University and intended to become a lawyer or engineer. However, his scholarship wasn’t renewed after his first year. To afford his education, Rothko worked odd jobs in the service industry.

He began criticizing Yale’s elitist, traditional, and racist environment and even founded a satirical magazine, The Yale Saturday Evening Pest. After his second year, Rothko dropped out. 

Almost 50 years later, at the height of his success, Yale awarded Rothko an honorary degree.

He took art classes under Arshile Gorky and Max Weber

Perhaps it was Rothko’s early exposure to the modernist movement that cemented his path as an abstract expressionist.

In 1923, Rothko’s artistry came to life. He took art classes at the Parsons School of Design under none other than abstract expressionist Arshile Gorky. Rothko also took classes at the Art Students League in New York under Cubist painter Max Weber.

These early mentors would form Rothko’s artistic philosophy, that art was meant for emotional expression.

Mark Rothko was inspired by mythology and psychoanalysis

“Art is an adventure into an unknown world, which can be explored only by those willing to take the risk.”

By the 1940s, we see Mark Rothko’s paintings maturing. Searching for meaning and impact in his work, Rothko drew inspiration from the work of psychoanalysts like Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung and their work regarding dreams, archetypes, and the human subconscious. 

Rothko’s interest in space and color grew from his reading of Freud and Jung. He sought to represent the archaic, the drama of the mystical through “multiforms” that would later mature into his renowned color field paintings.

Rothko was most greatly influenced by Friedrich Nietzsche’s The Birth of Tragedy. He believed himself to be a mythmaker. Like Nietzsche, Rothko believed art had the potential to unconsciously redeem humanity from its spiritual emptiness. 

Mark Rothko’s signature style is called Color Field Painting

To a first-time onlooker, Rothko’s paintings look like blotches of color. But his technique was quite masterful. 

Rothko often mixed his own paints and created his own canvases. Despite their seeming simplicity, Rothko’s technique explores the effects of luminosity and sheerness of oil paint. Like creating washes with watercolor, Rothko thinned his oil paint with turpentine and applied them onto the canvas in layers. 

He uses color to create landscapes of emotion. 

Every one of Rothko’s monolithic paintings was designed to spark different emotions. It’s all quite subjective. There’s no right or wrong way to interpret Rothko’s paintings. In that sense, Rothko found a way to tap into the transcendent, emotional power of color. 

Art galleries received specific instructions on how to display Mark Rothko’s paintings

Mark Rothko was extremely protective of his artwork—especially against critics. He hated explaining himself or his work because it could ruin the viewers’ experience. 

Often, he felt misunderstood. He hated being boxed in with the Abstract Expressionists. Rothko always felt like his work transcended labels, symbols, and modes of art. 

So, to preserve the authenticity of his work, Rothko gave galleries explicit directions for displaying his paintings. 

A Rothko painting is meant to hang closest to the floor and unobstructed. The walls in the gallery must be off-white and on the warm side—otherwise, too-white walls wash out the color of the painting. Even down to the lighting—not too strong, from a distance or indirect, and no spotlights.

Nor should the paintings be displayed with works of other artists. Rothko cared that much about viewers’ emotional responses and total immersion in his paintings.

For viewers, you should stand around 18 inches away from the piece to fully get to know the work. 

All of this amounts to a meaningful and immersive experience.

Unfortunately, Mark Rothko died by suicide in 1970

In 1968, Mark Rothko suffered an aortic aneurysm and was told to stop painting due to his health. 

By the time of his death, Rothko had divorced his wife and moved into his studio. He was severely depressed and continued to drink and smoke heavily.

On February 25, 1970, Mark Rothko was found dead in his kitchen. He had overdosed and cut a major artery in his arm. For someone so expressive and enigmatic, Rothko’s life ended in unexplained tragedy. There was no suicide note. That same day, his famous Seagram Murals arrived at the Tate Gallery in London.

7 famous works by Mark Rothko 

Mark Rothko’s works are all about the drama of human emotions. He aspired to break art down into its purest, most existential, and essential form. 

His paintings are simple, still, and symmetrical. They’re all meant to be proportional to the human body, that way viewers can place themselves inside the work. Because of their profound nature, Rothko’s paintings often become overwhelming sensory experiences for viewers.

That’s why you’re supposed to see a Mark Rothko painting up close and personal to best appreciate it. Here are some of his famous works and where to find and experience them.

Multiform (1948), National Gallery of Australia, Canberra

The year 1948 marks a significant shift in Mark Rothko’s work: the road to his matured color field abstractions. Rothko never used the word Multiform. Instead, it was coined by historians and critics to categorize this group of paintings. 

As part of a group exhibit, he created a series of “multiform” paintings, demonstrating his mastery of abstract expressionism. The paintings in this series show free-form shapes of color that fade and blur into each other and the background. No figures, symbols, or landscapes here. The work was meant to simply express Rothko’s emotions.

White Center (Yellow, Pink, and Lavender on Rose) (1950) 

In 1950, Rothko began simplifying his compositions. Here he divides the canvas horizontally, so this painting is best read from top to bottom. The colors seem to float rather than blend into one another. Notice how these complementary colors interact on the canvas. How does this painting make you feel?

This is an iconic work by Rothko. In 2007, this painting became the most expensive work of art sold at auction at the time. It sold for over $72 million US dollars. It’s now in the collection of the Qatar royal family.

No. 61 (Rust and Blue) (1953), Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles

A mere photo of this painting won’t do it justice, so if you’re in the Los Angeles area, we highly recommend seeing it for yourself. Mark Rothko described his abstract color field works as having an inner light or luminosity.

You’ll see this the closer you get to Rust and Blue. The technique he uses here has even been compared to Titian’s work, Noli me Tangere (1514).

They’re not just huge squares of blue. It’s a composition with a sophisticated approach to color. 

Rothko painted multiple thin washes of oil paint to create deep and rich colors. You can even see the paint’s motion across the surface of the canvas because Rothko would paint on upside-down canvases and then change its orientation once finished. 

Seagram Murals (1958) Tate Modern, London

Black on Maroon (1958), one of the paintings from the Seagram Mural series

In 1958, Mark Rothko received his first major commission from the Seagram distilleries for $35,000. This series of paintings was initially meant to hang in the Four Seasons restaurant in the just-built Seagram Building along Park Avenue, New York. 

Rothko didn’t like that his works would be displayed somewhere only accessible to the elite. He didn’t want his art to be seen merely as decor. So for two years, he painted 30 canvases in protest. He intended for diners at the Four Seasons to feel trapped and claustrophobic.

He eventually canceled the commission, returning the money and taking back his work. It had gone against his beliefs. He even told his assistant, “Anybody who will eat that kind of food for those kinds of prices will never look at a painting of mine.”

In 1969, Mark Rothko bequeathed nine of these paintings to the Tate Gallery in London. A few hours after the canvases arrived at the Tate, Rothko was found dead in his studio. 

No. 14 (1960), San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

Mark Rothko was not known to give titles to his works. Often, he would simply catalog and number them. He believed that using words to describe his work defeated their purpose.

“Silence is so accurate.” He famously said.

What’s interesting about Rothko’s work is that his color palette darkens into his later life. Here, we still see a vibrant orange but it’s juxtaposed with a dark blue. His paintings were intended to evoke “the sublime.” That is, to capture the most basic human emotions.

Rothko Chapel (1965), Houston, Texas

Some people have claimed that Rothko’s paintings change based on where you’re standing. Again, viewing a Mark Rothko painting is a spiritual experience. And if you’re up for it, make your way to the Rothko Chapel in Houston, Texas.

The chapel houses 14 paintings by Mark Rothko. It’s as solemn as any sacred space can get. It’s the culmination of Mark Rothko’s life and works and it represents his growing obsession with capturing the transcendent and metaphysical on canvas.

Rothko may not have been religious, but he understood what it meant to be deeply spiritual. You can find that solace and solitude, the quiet and tranquility Rothko always intended for his work—all in this nondenominational space. 

The Rothko Chapel is a historic space and also a center for social justice and philosophical exchange. 

Mark Rothko didn’t live to see his Chapel open in 1971. 

Untitled (Black on Grey) (1970) Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York

If this one feels empty and sad to you, you’re not wrong. It’s one of the darkest paintings—literally and figuratively—by Mark Rothko. 

According to Rothko, this painting was an allegory of death. He paints with acrylic here instead of oil. Rectangles rest on each other, two empty voids without substance or even emotion. It was painted before he died by suicide.

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