Mark was born in Sitka, Alaska, a sublime but wet locale under
the North Star. When younger, Mark wanted to be an astronaut. As a result, he started drawing pictures of outer space
and flying saucers-soon including monsters and creatures in the illustrations. His appetite to draw grew as the years went
by, but it wasn't until Mark was in Junior High School that he decided to pursue a career in art.
After high school, Mark went to college at
Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington, to expand and hone his artistic talents. While there he took
many classes outside of art because they provided information about a variety of subjects and helped Mark come
up with ideas. In particular, he liked science courses. Following Gonzaga, Mark went on to receive his master's
degree in fine arts at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. He then packed his bags and joined his friend
Anson to work in Seattle.
Mark's freelance work for Wizards of the Coast began shortly after he arrived in the Emerald City. For him
it was, and still is, a dream come true: drawing strange creatures and environments and making a living at it!
From 1997 - 2000, Mark also worked on site at Wizards of the Coast as a staff conceptual artist. Since then, he's
also been teaching illustration, visual composition, and figure drawing part-time at the Northwest College of
Art and Design near Seattle.
Mark has been freelancing illustrative and conceptual design work for twenty four years and is loving