Mark has drawn since he could hold a pencil. He studied painting in high school on Cape Cod, Massachusetts and attended Brandeis University for a BA and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, earning an MLA. Early influences include the painters Paul Georges, Paul Brown, and sculptor Peter Grippe, all known in the New York art scene. After receiving his Master's Degree in Landscape Architecture in 1984, Mark came to California in 1985 to work in the profession at an internationally acclaimed design firm in Laguna Beach.
He continued to sketch and draw illustratives for his design projects, then renewed his passion for art by attending life drawing sessions at the Laguna College of Art. Mark also attended painting workshops in Laguna Beach, California and the Fechin Institute in Taos, New Mexico.
Mark's paintings are primarily landscapes: beaches and coastlines, roads, alleys, and agrarian scenes. Some pieces depict areas that have since been developed or are slated for development.These he considers historical documents. Using strong contrast, vibrant colors, and loose, spontaneous brushwork, Mark paints in the plein-air, alla prima style most often in the studio. His style has a contemporary flair which differentiates his landscapes from plein-air artists of the past who may have painted similar scenes.
Mark's background as a Landscape Architect has influenced his artistic vision. He says that Landscape Architecture and painting have much in common; one is landscaping with paint on canvas, the other is painting with landscape on the land.
Grew up on Cape Cod, Massachusetts
Resided in Laguna Beach and Laguna Niguel, California since 1985.
Laguna Plein-Air Painters Association
California Art Club
Southern California Artists Association
Current Gallery Representation
Studio 7 Gallery, Laguna Beach, California
Exhibitor at the Festival of Arts in Laguna Beach, CA since 2001
Portico Gallery, Montecito, California
Mark's work is held by numerous private collectors and corporations, and he has done many Artist Demonstrations for diverse groups.
Corporate collectors include: The Hyatt Hotels, The Irvine Company, Irvine Apartment Communities, Peralta Partners, McDermott, Will & Emery, Transtar, Corrigan Law, Coffee Architects, Broadcom, and Union Bank.