Mark Tougias is a self-taught artist who has been busy painting since childhood. His earliest surviving drawings and paintings date back to wen he was eight years old. From an early age, he learned by studying the masters and at 16 began exhibiting. At the University of Massachussets he studied education and art history. He began painting full time in 1990.
Although there are numerous influences on his art, he is particularly fond of American and European art from 1870 to 1940. Some of his favorite schools were the French Barbizon painters, American Tonalists, the Campe Ann, New Hope, and California painters of te early 1900s. Most of Mark's inspiration comes from his immediate surroundings in Vermon and upstate New York as well as from his annual trips abroad. The most important eements of his work are light, tonality, atmosphere, and composition. He is most interested in the poetic and spiritual qualities of the place rather than the exact renderings of specific locations.
Mark is a member of the Gloucester's North Shore Arts Association and a former member of Boston's Copley Society. He is listed in Marquis Who's Who in America as well as Who's Who in the World. His work hangs in private collections across the United States, Canada, and many European countries.