Mark  is a native Montanan, born in Helena and raised in Missoula. Mark attended Montana State University on a scholarship and studied architecture while also taking figure drawing and watercolor classees as well.

There is a lot of crossover in architecture and art, and for Mark, his studies in architecture had a direct influence on his art career. He approaches his artwork with an analytical eye, creating paintings that are structurally sound from a compositional perspective. His paintings have a strong sense of form and scale, while depicting the western landscape and lifestyle he loves.