Mark was born in Yorkshire and studied photography at Wolverhampton Polytechnic before moving to London. He worked as a still life photographer before becoming interested in digital illustration and eventually moving on to work with CGI as a children’s illustrator. He moved to Sussex in 2001 and it was there that he reignited his passion for landscape photography, exploring the local landscapes, particularly the Ashdown Forest and the South Downs National Park, with his dogs and his camera. It was not until 2017 that he began utilising these images to create pieces of art for his first exhibition at a local art fair. Since going full time as an artist in 2018 he has exhibited across the UK and beyond.
Mark’s work coalesces photography, painting and collage to create atmospheric pictures inspired by his experiences in nature. Beginning with images drawn from his expansive collection of original landscape photographs, he transforms them, revealing subtleties of colour, texture, light and form, while evoking the natural beauty and drama of the scenes, blurring the boundaries of what is traditionally considered photography and painting. They are presented as limited edition prints on sheets of brushed aluminium, which gives the work a uniquely dynamic look, depth of colour and contemporary feel.
Trees are the focus of his art, transposing their energy as exceptional, complex organisms in our environment, each having its presence and characteristics from diminutive and delicate to monumental and sculptural. The emphasis on trees also comes from an appreciation of how fundamental they are with human life, affording us food, shade and materials as well as playing an ever-increasingly important role in our world ecosystems and clean air, yet all too often taken for granted.
His approach embraces several facets of landscape art including sublime windswept views and more conceptual compositions where the implications of the root and interrelated mycorrhizal fungi networks are evident, using mirroring and silhouette effects as well as attention to the illuminating presence of the sun, often filtered through a diffuse mist.
Each of Mark’s works is titled with the GPS coordinates of where the original photograph was taken so they can be found on interactive maps, encouraging others to experience the locations in person.