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 and taught art for ten years.
Mark turned to his art full time in 1981, working in etching and the media of egg tempera, which he now teaches at the Art Student's League of Denver.
Mark has received numerous awards from exhibitions over the years. In New York, these include The American Artist’s Professional League and The Allied Artists of America. In Colorado, his work has been shown at the Colorado Governor’s Art Show. In 2014, had a one-man retrospective at the Steamboat Art Museum.