Mark Preston is a Tlingit artist from Dawson City, Yukon Territory, Canada. His Tlingit name is Tenna ‘Tsa ‘Teh(Master of the Copper). He is of Tlingit and Irish ancestry.
Mark first learned about his Tlingit ancestry through his family and school. He initially became inspired through the study of European masters Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo, but soon discovered other masters such as Bill Reid, Robert Davidson, Roy Vickers, and Charles Edenshaw.
Mark began studying precious metal carving under master jeweler Phil Janze, while attending the famed West Coast Native Carving School Ksan in Hazelton, British Columbia. Mark resides in Yukon Territory and travels extensively into British Columbia and Yukon. His work can be found in private collections worldwide and in fine galleries along the Pacific Northwest Coast.
“When I think about what art is, it is more than illustration or objects to be doted over. Art is the magic, the glue that binds and brings us together. It is the language that transcends its forms. Art gives us reason to think, ponder, and speak our minds.”