The potential artist & his sister Shannon
back in Alaska
Mark & sister Shannon
Another backyard many years later
Born in Grafton, North Dakota, U.S.A, in 1966, Mark moved with his parents and sister to Alaska in 1968, looking for better opportunities. Mark found that Alaska´s darkness and isolation were not creatively inspiring and decided to start travelling. He vividly remembers the cold.
"The cold was never pleasurable for me. It was so much a part of my life and for the majority of every year. In Alaska, darkness is also a great part of the winter. The darkness and cold made me a very isolated child both physically and mentally. Memories of the cold are not good and made a huge impact on my personality and life. Most of my creativity and dreams were in my bedroom."
Mark may say Alaska wasn´t inspiring at the time but there is a canvas painted by him which reflects the way in which he turned around the wintry image of the past into a pleasantly colourful scene. Please, see Stage 2, will you?