Raised as a typical “service brat,” Mark grew up traveling from base to base throughout the United States. He returned to the family’s home state in 1977 to attend the University of Maine. Receiving a National Merit Scholarship, Mark graduated with a Bachelor of Arts with highest honors in 1981. After a summer spent studying at the Skowhegan School of Art, he settled in Portland, Maine — putting in a few years of double shift work to fund an extended Eurail Pass trip through the museums and sites of Europe. Returning to Maine, Mark worked in retail design for the next few years and then moved to Philadelphia to pursue his education. He studied with Bob Engman, Neil Welliver and Maurice Lowe at the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Fine Arts, where he graduated with a Master of Fine Arts Degree in 1990.
Having discovered the rich history and supportive art community of the Delaware Valley in his last year out of residence in the Penn MFA program, Mark chose to remain in the New Hope, PA area. Almost three decades later he maintains an active studio in Bucks County. Mark divides his time between his sculpture, art exhibitions, and design projects throughout the Delaware Valley. Summers are spent making art in Kennebunkport, Maine and visiting the family home in Machiasport, Maine. Travel and a constantly expanding perennial garden fill out the calendar.
Venues where Mark’s works have been exhibited include the James A. Michener Art Museum, The State Museum of Pennsylvania, The Trenton City Museum at Ellarslie, The Hicks Art Center, The Maine Coast Artist’s Gallery, and The New Hope Arts Center. He is represented by the Gross McCleaf Gallery in Philadelphia and June LaCombe Sculpture in Maine. His work has also been published in local and regional magazines and was featured in 2001 for an HGTV production. In 2010, Mark was fortunate to be included in the publication, “100 Mid-Atlantic Artists” by E. Ashley Rooney.
Working primarily in wax, plaster, and clay for bronze casting or direct metal fabrication, Mark's sculpture is often commissioned on a site-specific or project basis and has been produced for numerous corporate and private collections, and in many residential architectural installations.