Born in Derby in 1976, Mark showed an early interest in art and nature and after gaining a distinction in art and design, he went on to study illustration at Anglia University, Cambridge. However it was painting trips with his father Rex, to the Peak District, Cornwall and Scotland that really inspired him to become a landscape painter.
Mark paints in acrylics and works mainly in situ with relatively little time spent in the studio.
“For me, experiencing the landscape and elements directly is essential to attempt to capture them in paint. I just need to be there to respond to the situation and the spirit of the landscape” This direct approach of working from nature, allows him time to observe and experience the subtle changes in colour, light and atmosphere, enabling him to build up an understanding and awareness of the places he paints. One mainstay of Mark’s thinking comes from John Constable’s declaration that “Nature is the fountain’s head, the source from whence all originality must spring”.
Derbyshire, the Lake District and Penwith in Cornwall are the main areas he paints and its the way the changing seasons and weather affect these places that fascinates him. Mark has been having one man shows from Derbyshire to Cornwall since the age of 21 and has had exceptional success in recent years.