Mark Thomas Anderson was born and raised in Oceanside, California. He grew up on the California coastline. When he is not in his art studio he enjoys traveling, visiting museums, and finding good places to eat. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting and Drawing from California State University, Long Beach. Shortly thereafter, he moved to Massachusetts where he received his Master of Fine Arts in Painting at Boston University. He currently resides in Monmouth, Oregon, where he teaches at Western Oregon University.