Mark Preston

Mark Preston

Mark Preston was born in Dawson City, Yukon. He is of Tlingit and Irish ancestry an presently lives in White Horse, Yukon.

He learned about Tlingit ancestor through school and through his family. His first art lessons came from studying masters such as Leonardo Da Vinci and Michelangelo, however he discovered other masters such as First Nations artists Bill Reid, Robert Davidson and Roy Vickers.

Mark Began studying silver carving with Phil Janze, a master jeweler, at Hazelton BC. After intensive training with Janze, Mark moved on to wood carving although he considers silver to be his long life dedication.

When Mark returned to the Yukon he began to work with his mother, Kay-yee-yah (big Country woman), an artist in her own right. Between them, they produced unique and successful line of garments with beautiful appliques of cloth beading. Through their art, they have developed a strong partnership and friendship.

About his art Mark states: “When I think about what art is. It is more than illustration or objects to be dated over. Art is the magic, the glue that transcends its forms. Art gives us reason to think, ponder and speak our minds.” Mark Preston