Mark Eldred was born in Hong Kong in 1964. In 1965 his family returned to the UK and spent the rest of his childhood in rural Norfolk where he was surrounded by beautiful countryside. After leaving school he studied fine art at Goldsmiths Art College and received his BA honors degree for landscape and portrait painting and photography. Then followed four years of travelling through Asia, Australia and New Zealand during which time he lived in the remote wildernesses which had a profound effect on him and gave him inspiration for his paintings. Mark then went to Ireland for a holiday in 1992 and was overwhelmed by the unspoilt, natural beauty of the landscape that he decided to make it his home. He now lives near Killarney with his wife and two children. However his parents still live in East Anglia and he visits them regularly and has found the time here to paint a series of landscapes depicting the Norfolk and Suffolk rivers in all their finery. Mark has exhibited widely throughout Ireland and we are delighted to be given the chance to show his work here at The Hunter Gallery.