A Native of Hawaii, Mark comes from a family loaded with artistic talent. He attended local public schools, as art quickly emerged as his favorite subject. Inspired by the drawings from his favorite comic books, Mark’s natural artistic abilities rapidly developed. Mark voraciously studied art books and while still attending Castle High school, he began taking uninstructed Life Drawing classes which led him toward entering his work into shows and contests, receiving commissions for work and eventually starting his own graphic design company in 1984 specializing in calligraphy, lettering and silk screening. Mark has since been monitoring a similar Life drawing class weekly at Chaminade University. In 1993, Mark joined a Plein Air (outdoor) painting class offered by the University of Hawaii outreach college. It was through this immersion in Plein Air oil painting that Mark was able to unearth his unique style of impressionist landscape paintings that he is now so well known for. His Plein Air class instructor Florence Ko retired in 2000 and passed the teaching reins on to Mark. He continues to teach the Plein Air painting class on Saturdays. His work can be seen all throughout the Hawaiian Islands in private collections, as well as numerous Art Galleries, Fine Retail Shops and Government facilities.