Mark was born and raised in the Kansas City area. His interest in photography came along in the early 80s. He started out with an inexpensive 35mm Nikon and went through several rolls of film, primarily taking photos of landscapes, old buildings, and bridges while trying to hone his craft.
When he married his wife Pennie in 1981, his life began a big rollercoaster ride that involved moving to Texas, experiencing a house fire that destroyed everything he and his wife owned, building a new home, getting custody of his daughter from his first marriage and eventually moving to southwest Missouri in the Ozarks. All along the way, he stayed interested in being creative and trying to bring to light what often gets overlooked.