While actually born in Washington, D.C., Mark Susinno grew up in the Maryland suburbs of the nation’s capital until moving to Brooklyn, N.Y., to attend Pratt Institute on a four-year, full-tuition merit scholarship. Upon graduation with highest honors and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in painting in 1979, Mark went to work as a torch-cutter and truck driver for a scrap metal and dismantling firm in Brooklyn. A two-month long cross-country road trip led Mark to leave NYC for Maryland in 1982, where he continued to dabble in artistic pursuits while working at various non-art-related jobs. Working as a fabricator of bullet-proof doors in 1985, Mark won the 1986 Maryland Trout Stamp contest and decided to concentrate on art, prints and posters full-time.
Since then, he has specialized in painting underwater depictions of freshwater and saltwater gamefish and in scenes of fly fishermen plying their obsession. Along the way, Mark has added twenty more fishing stamps to his list of credits, including the 1991 First-of-State Pennsylvania Trout/Salmon Stamp and the 2005 First-of-State Texas Freshwater Stamp. Since 1987, Mark’s limited edition art prints and posters have been published by Wild Wings, L.L.C.
His passion for fishing and need to gather reference material for his art, prints and posters has led Mark to Alaska after Pacific salmon, trout, char. sheefish, grayling, and pike; Labrador for big brookies; Scotland and many North American locales for trout; Florida for tarpon, bonefish, snook, seatrout, redfish, and cuda; the east coast for stripers, bluefish, and dolphin; and too many places to mention for his beloved smallmouth bass. Mark is an avid fly fisherman, and fly fishes in both freshwater and saltwater.