In 1972, Mark was born in Columbus, Ohio. His formal education was at Lancaster High School in Lancaster, Ohio and The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio where he earned his BA in journalism with a heavy emphasis on advertising and public relations. From 1997, he spent 14 years in Austin, Texas, working as a graphic designer, then prepress manager, then production manager for the Austin Chronicle. In 2011, he and his wife decided to try early retirement in Central America. They lived in Costa Rica and Panama for three years before falling in love with Chattanooga, Tennessee while visiting family in the area. They moved here permanently in 2014, purchased and remodeled home, set up a studio and started painting. Mark’s wife, Melissa is an accomplished artist in her own right. Currently, the two artists travel together throughout the United States exhibiting their work.