Mark is an oil painter who loves to tell stories through colour, light, and figures, and sometimes accompanies his work with writings in French and English.
Mark Algar was born in the Yukon Territory in northern Canada and grew up in Ontario, Canada. His interest in art began in elementary school and continued in the background throughout his working career, which took him around the world.
3D art became an interest as a young adult, including weaving while living in New Zealand. After moving to the United States in 1999, his art expression centered on oil painting. Subsequently, Mark was transferred to Paris, France for four years. He received strong inspiration from the art museums, cityscapes, and landscapes in Paris, rural France, and around Europe. This resulted in additional oil paintings, the occasional watercolor, and sketches.
Upon returning to the United States, he was coached by oil painter Becky Parks in Dallas, Texas. He retired from his first career in 2017 and settled in the Phoenix, Arizona area. Development as an artist continued through courses at the Scottsdale Artists’ School, membership in the Scottsdale Artists League and coaching by artist Susan Diehl. He tells stories using color, skillful composition, and almost always injects people into his works. In early 2020, Mark relocated to Ontario, Canada to be closer to family. He paints regularly, including commissions, and writes short stories of his life using some of his paintings to illuminate the text.