Mark Heine

b. 1961

Mark Heine was raised by artists to be an artist. His was a childhood spent wandering his father's massive warehouse studio, absorbing the progress and process of the monumental projects underway. It was art by the ton, measured in yards, not inches. There were always diverse skills in action, to watch and learn from ... sculptors, designers, architects and artisans, working in plaster, resin, concrete, fibreglass, wood, stained glass, tapestry and, of course, paint. Mark's father, Harry Heine, RSMA, CSMA, FCA, NNWWs (1928-2004), would eventually became one of Canada’s most celebrated artists, culminating with his election to the Royal Society of Marine Artists in England. He is the only Canadian to ever have achieved that status.

As a child, Mark and his family toured and sketched the great cities of the world, immersed in galleries and architecture. First as students, then eventually as instructors. From the masters, learning the learnable ... technique, colour, composition, and so on, but also developing the sensitivity to recognize the intangible conceptual aspects, which make the difference between a mere rendering and a work of art.

In his teens, Heine was awarded the Lieutenant Governor’s Art Scholarship, eventually graduating with honours from the Applied Arts Program at Capilano University in Vancouver, British Columbia. He established his own studio and, over the course of 37 years, has become one of North America’s most sought-after talents, working through agents and galleries in New York, Los Angeles, Santa Fe, Denver, Philadelphia, Seattle, Toronto and Vancouver, where he has been showing with some of the most recognized artists in North America. His work can also be found in galleries and collections throughout Europe, including the European Museum of Modern Art (MEAM) in Barcelona, Spain. Corporate commissions for clients such as Sony, Disney, Starbucks, and many others garnered him more than 40 national and international awards, and the Art Renewal Center recently designated him an Associate Living Master. Heine’s work has also appeared in numerous print and online publications, including the magazines Hi-Fructose, Beautiful Bizarre, Magazin’Art, Applied Arts, American Art Collector, International Artist, The Guide Artist, Poets and Artists, The Artist’s Magazine, and The Creators Project.

Mark, his wife and creative collaborator Lisa Leighton, and their two daughters, Sarah and Charlotte, live in Victoria on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada.