Mark Preston (Tenna-Tsa-Teh) was born in Dawson City, Yukon 1960. He is of Tlingit and Irish ancestry presently living in Vancouver, British Columbia.
He learned about his Tlingit ancestry through family and school study. Initially, Mark began studying art through European masters such as Leonardo da Vinci but later discovered other notable masters: Bill Reid, Robert Davidson and Roy Vickers.
Mark has studied various mediums in the paper, cloth, wood, metals, stone and most recently started working on glass. He began studying silver carving with a well-known master jeweller and carver Phil Janze (Gitskan Nation) at Hazelton, B.C.
"When I think about what art is, it is more than illustration or objects to be doted over. Art is the magic, the glue that binds us all together. It is the language that transcends its forms."