Mark is an Aboriginal man of the Guggigin people. Growing up swimming, surfing and watching his uncle’s pull in fishing nets along the beaches of the Tweed Coast, has given Mark a strong connection to country. He has worked in the non-for-profit sector for both Indigenous and mainstream organisation including Youth worker with Krurungal Aboriginal Corporation and Tweed Byron Local Aboriginal Land Council. His appreciation of the local environment has inspired him to see things differently and has contributed to his own artistic expression. Being a professional artist, Mark has a good understanding of the challenges that face Aboriginal people in the market place and in the community. As Arts Northern Rivers’ Indigenous Arts Development Officer, Mark is responsible for assisting local Aboriginal artists with projects, identifying opportunities and managing a professional development program.