Mark has always been keen on painting and drawing from an early age and art class as school was his favourite subject.

One of his first inspirations for painting was a TV show he watched when he was a child “Painting with Nancy” with Nancy Kominsky. Mark found it was very interesting to see how she built up a painting from a rough outline.

During the late nineties, Mark started watching Watercolour Challenge. It was from this point he took an adult education course at the local leisure centre in beginners watercolour. After a number of years of painting in watercolour, Mark started another adult education course run by Kingston Council in oil painting.