Mark Wilson

Mark was born in Melbourne in 1949.  He always loved drawing and spent most evenings drawing on huge sheets of paper that his dad brought home from work.
 
Mark studied Mural design and painting at C.I.T. (now Monash University, Caulfield Campus).  He also completed a diploma in education the following year. In the early seventies, he became designer and illustrator for The Education Magazine and Pursuit magazine.  For the last twenty years, he has been freelance illustrating children’s books, as well as history, sport, architecture and conservation books and kits.
 
Much of Mark’s painting is centred around conservation and wildlife, particularly endangered species.  The Last Tree, (winner of the Whiteley Award for Children’s Literature 2007), Prayer for the Animals and the Extinction Trilogy, written by Gary Crew, deal with this subject, as do many of his books. 
 
Journey of the Sea Turtle highlights the fragile existence of the loggerhead sea turtle as readers follows its journey from the nest on a Queensland beach to the dangers of the open sea.  Mark teamed with WA author, Jan Ramage, to tell the story of a stranding of a pod of false killer whales on the W.A coast line.  Stranded was shortlisted for the Wilderness Society Environment Award for Children’s Literature 2011.  Mark and Jan's latest collaboration, Deep Sea Whale Rescue, tells the true story of the rescue of a humpback whale and her calf. 
 
Mark has also written and illustrated two beautiful picture books about early Australian artists, Frederick McCubbin in Ben and Gracie's Art Adventure and Tom Roberts in Inside the World of Tom Roberts.  One of his recent picture books, A Day to Remember, was written by Jackie French and is a moving tribute to ANZAC soldiers.
 
Mark has been painting and exhibiting his work since the early seventies, holding solo exhibitions and many group exhibitions in Victoria and New South Wales.  His work is displayed in collections throughout Australia, China, Canada, Japan and the USA.
 
In 2011, Mark was also awarded the Dromkeen Medal, Highly Commended Award for services to children’s literature.

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