Born in 1964, in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Mark Gothreau discovered his natural talent for art at the age of three. His mother, who is also an artist, encouraged Mark with paper and pencil at playtime. It was easy to see, that even at an early age, Mark’s skills as an artist continued to improve.
During his years in elementary school, Mark would spend his free time searching the small school library for wildlife pictures, which was his focus of interest at the time. He would also be found at the museum sketching the wildlife displays, much to the delight of others. In 1978 Mark had one of his drawings published in a children’s magazine.
At the age of twelve, Mark Gothreau began displaying and selling his artwork at exhibitions. At fifteen one of his exhibitions was a three-generation show at the Dartmouth Heritage Museum, which included the work of his grandfather, his mother and Mark.
In his early teens Mark designed his Junior High School’s new logo. He also helped to design and paint an eight-foot by twenty-four foot war memorial for the Royal Canadian Legion’s anniversary.
Mark went on to University where he graduated with a degree in Business Administration. While at university, Mark continued to draw for personal pleasure, as well as being commissioned by others.
It wasn’t until 1987 that Mark decided to fully concentrate on that which truly made him happy, his art!
In 2004, he produced a calendar of buildings and scenes from the town of Bedford, Nova Scotia. It was so well received that he will reproduce it for 2005 as well as add a calendar of Nova Scotia lighthouses to his collection.
He is always open new projects and enjoys helping out his clients achieve their goals as well as creating art from a simple pencil.
Mark, who is entirely self-taught, continues to explore various subject matters, concentrating on detail and realism. He is asked to draw many homes and pets for gifts. He specializes in landscapes, seascapes and buildings of nostalgic or historical nature.
Today Mark continues to work from his home in Lower Sackville and attends many craft festivals.