Marcus the World Marathon Majors Six Star Finisher

This is Marcus (@themarathonmarcus)
He is the focus of my latest commission and he is also a World Marathon Majors Six Star Finisher…

Who is a World Marathon Majors Six Star Finisher?

Those are runners who successfully complete all six of the marathon races: in Tokyo, Boston, London, Berlin, Chicago and New York City.

Wow! To run a marathon is a pretty amazing achievement. To run six of them – that’s a challenge only a few can undertake.

What does it take to become such a person? Do you need to be self-disciplined, determined, focused?

Marcus, who is the focus of my latest commission, talks a lot about achieving your goals and better yourself.

I’ve chosen a couple of his posts which have really inspired me:

Remember in chasing the goal KNOW that you’re good enough as you are now. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
External targets are outside your control, but the one thing you control is how you react to them. Whatever step your on, do your best in that moment.”

You can’t change people’s opinions. So instead just aim to prove people right, by being the best version of yourself.”


Being the best version of oneself… ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

Primarily, I have committed to create 5 different images, I should have done 6 for every one marathon Marcus run…

I might not be the best version of myself… yet,

I am really working on it: to become the best version of Gosha I can be… But life throws at us many obstacles and temptations which we need to fight with every day. Not everyone has enough will power and energy to fight.

However, your journey is really inspiring, keeps me thinking…

Chicago Marathon

This is the very first image of Marcus before adding colours. My technique involves using an ordinary, household gloss paint, which I am dripping freely from a palette knife…

Sometimes the paint splashes accidentally, not all the lines are perfect, however, that imperfection and accidents create great sense of movement.


Running with Mo Farah

This is Marcus running with Mo Farah! (and winning ;D)

I have to admit the dynamics between body movement of the runners are not equal in this artwork and it is something that annoys me…

This is the reason why I have never finished the picture. Maybe if I did add colours the runners would have come to life.

Tokyo Marathon


Finally, Marcus running Tokyo Marathon. With other participants behind, the picture becomes rather lively and has a potential to become interesting.

Even though there’s too much paint on the runner’s face, it could be easily fixed by overpainting with acrylic paints which I am using to finish the artwork.

A portrait of you?

I may not be running a marathon but my goal is to create art for all of you amazing people. To capture your achievements and keep the world inspired.

So, I am looking for you but you can find me first!

Have a look at many other portraits portraits I’ve done for amazing, inspiring, sports people:


Get in touch if you’d like me to create a portrait similar to the one I’ve done for Marcus. 



Published by Gosh Art by Gosha Gibek

Filling the world with colours, capture your passions and the athletic version of you.

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