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 Artist's Professional League (NY), the Knickerbocker Artist's (NY), the Salmagundi Club (NY) the Allied Artist's of America (NY), and the Colorado Governor's Invitational. Mark also teaches a class in egg tempera painting at the Art Students League of Denver.