Fisherman painter Mark Susinno
American Fisherman painter Mark Susinno was born in 1957 in Washington D.C., then his family moved to Brooklyn (New York). In 1979 Mark graduated with honors from Pratt Institute with a Bachelor of Fine Arts. Prior to 1985, his work was not associated with painting: he worked as a a torch-cutter, a truck driver, and at plant manufacturing bulletproof doors, etc. However, in 1986, he took part in the Competition Maryland Trout Stamp contest and won it. Since Mark is a true fisherman, he devoted his life to professional painting, specializing in fish and scenes from the life of fishermen. Mark has created numerous fishing stamps, including the 1991 First-of-State Pennsylvania Trout/Salmon Stamp and the 2005 First-of-State Texas Freshwater Stamp.
Of himself Mark Susinno said: “I consider myself to be a fanatic fisherman, and one of the aspects of fishing that inspires my artwork is the physical beauty of fish themselves, even those many people consider less attractive. But I also find the underwater environments inhabited by fish every bit as worthy and compelling subjects as any above-water landscape. I am often asked why I choose to paint fish, but to me, the greater wonder is that so few other artists do so”.