Mark Bartlett grew up outside Fairbanks, drawing constantly as a child. He often explored the landscape with his father, then turned to his mother – a typing teacher – for an endless supply of clean, white sheets of paper. As a boy, he explored the interior of Alaska by riverboat and vehicle while accompanying his father on hunting and fishing expeditions. He was moved by the beauty and ruggedness of Alaska at an early age.
During his life, he has been employed as a logger, commercial fisherman, welder, fiberglass repairman, and as a social worker. He currently lives in Sitka, Alaska, where he works as a full time artist.