Mark qualified as a solicitor and worked in Magistrates Courts for several years before giving up the law to go to art college. He studied graphic design at Suffolk College and then worked as a designer with an Ipswich design consultancy, later diversifying into museum exhibition design, model-making and illustration. For the last 20 years he has taken classes for adults in art history with Suffolk College, the Workers Education Association, Ipswich Institute and Coastal Leisure Learning, as well as giving numerous one-off talks. When not teaching he is a painter, his main subject being the contemporary East Anglian landscape. He has exhibited widely and has recently been awarded the Hugh Casson Prize for drawing at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition.