Mark Wilson is one of Australia’s most successful author/illustrators of children’s books. He currently has seventeen books in print in Australia and the USA. His picture books have won many awards including two Whiteley Awards for children’s picture books, two Wilderness Society Awards and five CBCA Notable Picture Book awards.
Mark began to study art in year ten and went on to study mural design and painting at C.I.T. (now Monash, Caulfield Campus). He skipped classes two days a week to work as a cleaner to pay his way (somehow he still managed to pass though).
After art school, Mark did National Service for two years, serving with Survey Corps and then Training Command . After the army, he gained his Diploma of Education, but chose a band over teaching.
By the mid seventies, Mark began work as an illustrator-designer for Pursuit magazine, and by 1981 was freelancing internationally. In 1981, he illustrated his first picture book by friend Ann James, and was hooked!
Marks current publishers include Lothian (Hachette Livre), National Geographic (U.S.A.), Harcourt, Nelson Learning, University of Western Australia Press, Harper Collins, ERA Publishing and McGraw-Hill.
His absolute passion is writing and illustrating children’s books and he is on an eternal quest for the best coffee shop in Australia on his various visits to festivals and schools.
Mark Wilson was crowned Grand Dragon of Dromkeen for a year in 2010. A great tradition started by Graeme Base and the people at the Dromkeen Centre for Picture Book Art in Victoria.