A native of Colorado, Mark Thompson received his B.A. degree in Commercial Art from Colorado State University. After working briefly as a commercial illustrator in Chicago, he returned to Colorado. He taught art for ten years and completed course work toward an M.A. in drawing and painting at the University of Northern Colorado.
He turned to his art full time in 1981, working in the media of egg tempera and etching. Mark has received numerous awards from exhibitions over the years, including The American Artistís Professional League (NY), The Knickerbocker Artists (NY), the Salmagundi Club (NY), The Allied Artists of America (NY), and the Colorado Governorís Art Show.