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Mr. Perry was born in Sharon, Pennsylvania, and grew up in Ohio before moving back to his grandmother's house in Sharpsville, Pennsylvania.
Mark is the quintessential ‘Renaissance Man’, discovering early interests in both music and art. Drawing from an early age, he continued his art and music interests through high school. After his high school graduation, he attended the prestigious Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York to pursue a culinary career as a chef in September of 1974. A decade later, he took a hiatus from his culinary career to attend Youngstown State University to earn a college degree, in between earning two music diplomas from the now- defunct Dick Grove School of Music in Van Nuys, California, finally receiving a B.M. in Music, Flute Performance in June of 1993 from YSU. Several years later, he attended Michigan State University to earn a Master’s Degree in Corporate Foodservice in May of 1998. After an extensive education and career in the culinary field, he began painting almost a decade ago, because he says, 'The culinary field wasn't giving me enough of an outlet for all of my creative energy.'
A self-taught artist, his first art show in Scranton is titled, 'Feast for the Eyes', and it shows Mr. Perry's versatility with painting a wide variety of subject matter. He states, 'I don't want to paint just one thing, like seascapes or flowers. Through the years I’ve been painting, I’ve discovered that I have the talent and desire to paint a wide variety of subject matter.'
With his full-time job as chef of The Colonnade, Mark will continue his oil painting. 'I have so much to do, so many paintings planned', he says. With his culinary work and painting, he still finds time to practice classical and ragtime guitar. But, he adds, “I would still like to travel more and get back to my flute playing sometime.”
Mr. Perry lives at his new home in Scranton, with his cat, Kitzen.