Mark Brown received his BA in studio art from the University of Kentucky. After a photography career and extensive traveling, he moved to North Carolina and became studio assistant to painter Herb Jackson. He earned an MFA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where his thesis chair was painter Peter Plagens. His work has been exhibited widely in the southeast, including in North Carolina at the Ackland Art Museum, Chapel Hill; the Duke Museum of Art, Durham; the Duke Institute of the Arts, Durham; the North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh; and the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, Winston-Salem; and in New York City at the E. S. Vandam Gallery and The Painting Center. He was a finalist for an NEA Fellowship. His work has been reviewed in artdaily.org, The Spectator, Art Matters, The Independent, The Philadelphia Inquirer, artblog, the Raleigh News & Observer, The Winston-Salem Journal, The Durham Herald-Sun, The Duke Chronicle, Walter magazine and other publications. He lives and works in the woods near Chapel Hill, NC with his wife, sculptor Cathy Kiffney.