Born in Montréal, Quebec, Mark Berens has always been around painters, having grandparents on both sides who painted. Graduating with a degree in illustration from the Ontario College of Art and Design (O.C.A.D.), he started experimenting with oils in his first year and instantly found it to be his choice of medium. With snowboard in hand and oil paints packed, he found himself on the scenic drive up the Sea to Sky highway, bound for Whistler in the fall of 2002. Immersed in the mountains, Berens found new inspiration in the spectacular vistas around him. His work can be found in numerous private collections across Canada; and is featured by galleries in Whistler, Halifax, Toronto, Vancouver and Collingwood.