It was during this latter phase that he would turn to the computer to generate fractal images which became integral in the artworks in a succession of sketchbooks. The computer seemed a rather 'blunt' tool on its own but combined with the use of coloured pencils as a medium, new ideas flowed and he would take each image from one medium to the other, combining and merging the qualities from both.
Surrounded by cats, he felt the need to try out a spot of commercialism (which actually did not become a reality, though was very much a large part of what followed).
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Mark always wanted to make a statement about the natural world and the disastrous effect man has made upon both plant life and animal life.
As a single species, mankind has proved to be unable to conform to the rules of other species.
The majority of projects and artwork produced throughout his art career and beyond have reflected a genuine feeling for the beautiful creatures with whom he has shared his life.
He and Avril, his wife, devoted 20 years to the breeding of stunning Burmilla cats who have played a large part in much of the work. Alongside this, the garden which they both love, has provided resources which inform much of the artistic output.
Whilst Mark considers himself a 'technophobe' and doesn't enagage with anything with 'Buttons', he has become happy to make use of the computer with graphic software which he uses as 'just another medium' to generate the imagery which he currently produces.
He is unable to pigeon-hole himself as either 'artist' or 'designer' but prefers to call himself a creator of imagery which people can either embrace or dismiss!
From the turn of the century he began to work with paint, both oil and watercolour. However this only gave rise to the need for them to be shown, a fact with which he was not comfortable, and so the diversion into sketchbooks became the way forward, and through those next 15 or so years, the books became a virtual 'Visual Diary' of events and feelings, seen by few and remaining his
Again and again, he turned to his garden for inspiration, the flowers, the plants, the fish in his pond, but mostly the insects which flourished in the overgrown foliage gave him a need to understand how the natural world worked.
He developed ideas continually, dis-satisfied at every attempt, from pure drawing from life, to wallpaper designs from the drawings. It was only latterly that he found real satisfaction by breaking away from the constraints of traditional imagery and showing a feeling for some whimsical flights of imagination.