Mark was born in Logan, UT in 1984 and has lived in the western United States all of his life. His work is inspired by what he loves, the beauty of the West. He has grown up hunting, fishing, hiking, backpacking, and site seeing, and having personally experienced much of what the West has to offer, he still sees it as a never ending source of inspiration that he has only begun to tap into. Mark’s work ranges from dramatic wildlife and scenery to simple farm life and landscapes. He loves to paint in a way that allows the viewer to see his brushstrokes and the layers of texture and paint on the canvas. His greatest goal with his art is to inspire others to recognize beauty in the simple things of life. Mark believes that all beauty is connected to God, and that it can be found in almost anything, the viewer just needs to look for it.
Mark received his art education from Brigham Young University-Idaho where he earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts with an emphasis in Illustration along with his Bachelor of Science in Art Education. For several years Mark worked as a part time freelance illustrator, and has been published by numerous publishing houses. He and his little growing family currently reside in Cody where he currently pursues his passion of oil painting and teaches art at the local high school.
Though Mark is still young, he has developed a strong portfolio and shows promise with every new painting. He is hopeful that those who collect his work can find in it something more than just a nice image, but an experience that draws the viewer away from where they are, into another place or moment. Mark is currently an associate member of the Society of Animal Artists, and is represented by North Mountain Gallery in Cody, WY and Mountain Trails Gallery in Santa Fe, NM.
Mark has been personally tutored by many great artists including Leon Parson, Gerald Griffin, Jim Wilcox, and Greg Beecham. Other artists who inspire him are Clyde Aspevig, Dustin Van Wechel, Josh Clare, Scott Christensen, Josh Elliott, Bob Kuhn, and Carl Rungius.