About

Mark is an old soul from the suburbs of Kansas City. Some of his greatest inspirations are Jazz, Blues, Movies and Barbeque. Also his artistic heroes (and some Facebook friends) include the likes of Pablo Picasso, Al Hirschfeld, Thomas Hart Benton, Andrea Ventura, David Cowles, Steve Brodner, Pablo Lobato, Robert Risko, Philip Burke, and many more. He loves faces and how a humorous portrait or caricature can reveal so much more about a personality than any posed photo ever could. He is a strong believer that illustration will once again rule the world (in his lifetime). He still works and lives in the Midwest with his family. He eats dry ribs and takes the family to a movie every year on his birthday.

Testimonials from email

“You do GREAT work.”– Bradford C. Leali, Associate Professor/Jazz Saxophone, Director/ 3 O’Clock Lab Band, The University of North Texas

“SO COOL!!! You’re so good. I wish I were you.” – Kristen M.

“Oh my goodness!!!! Mark you have out done yourself!  I absolutely love it!  (My husband) is going to die!  I love how you’ve depicted him and our insane pack of dogs!! … It is just so cool!!! Thank you!!!!
Ellen F.

I’m thinking you really don’t exist until you have been ‘montgomerized’ – Ron B.

Cool” – Joel Nakamura, illustrator

… nice lettering…” – Bob Masse, designer/illustrator

I like it alot. Thanks a million. You’re the best.” – Annie Carlyn, Springfield Little Theatre

… Mark does excellent work, is very creative and has a great attitude and work ethic. I highly recommend him.” – Jaci McReynolds, Webster Co Health Dept. Director

Examples of Mark’s work can be found in, but not limited to:
Advertising • Editorial • Print • Posters • Gifts • Fine Art • Logos • Invitations • CD covers • Newsletter comics • Street banners • Travel and tourism • Theatre • Sports • Celebrities • Personalities

Awards

  • National ADDY nominee
  • Fifteen local and regional ADDYs
  • First place, National Art Program
  • People’s Choice, Cass County Fair
  • Hey, I’m still young. Many more to come!

Memberships

    • American Advertising Federation (AAF)
    • Springfield Creatives
    • Springfield Regional Arts Council
    • The Network, Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce

Clients

    • The Mystery Hour (Late Night Talk Show)
    • Blackbox Advertising, KC
    • TAME Magazine
    • Springfield Regional Arts Council
    • Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce
    • Springfield Creatives
    • The Acoustic Shoppe
    • 417 Magazine
    • Loehr Chiropractic
    • Springfield Little Theatre
    • City of Springfield, Missouri
    • Springfield Jazz Festival
    • Birthplace of Route 66 Festival
    • Greater Ozarks Blues Festival
    • Rock-n-Ribs Barbecue Festival
    • GCBA Bicycle Club
    • Mountain Calling Ministry
    • First Baptist Church Springfield