Mark Rowbotham was born in Borneo before his family moved back to their Yorkshire roots. He was an accomplished artist from an early age and he later gained a degree in Fine Art from Epsom Art College.It was here that he first met Sherree Valentine Daines but after leaving college they both went their separate ways.He then joined the family landscape gardening business but eventually his love of painting encouraged him to follow his instincts and devote himself full time to his art. It was some ten years after leaving college that he met Sherree again and soon married and moved into the lovely 18th century home where they still live today.
Mark Rowbotham completes the other half of the UK’s leading contemporary figurative artist teams. This husband and wife partnership have been responsible for the production of a of stunning and best-selling illustrative work between them down the years and pride themselves on their impressionist blend of pastel, oils and watercolour compositions.
Rowbotham has together with his wife Sherree, long been inspired by the works of Degas as well as the wider Impressionist movement, which tells heavily in his own brand of illustrative art. Choosing to frequent a cross section of media and sizes, Rowbotham more often than not opted for the pastel approach to his predominantly figurative art when starting out and striving to make a name for himself. Indeed, Rowbotham’s works have become much sought after pieces, due in no small part to what many acknowledge to be the very carefully executed nature of his work Mark Rowbotham takes many days, even weeks on each piece. Although noted for his draughtsmanship, Rowbotham has also invited high praise for his sensitive and considered use of tone and colour.
Rowbotham’s work appears in numerous private collections globally, while closer to home, examples of his work take pride of place in such prestigious establishments as the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum. Mark also won the coveted Patterson Award, as presented by the Royal Pastel Society in 1993, whilst he’s also been approached with a view to joining the respected Royal Water-Colour Society and the Royal Oil Institute.
Elsewhere Rowbotham has had countless illustrative pieces accepted and furthermore, prominently displayed in a gamut of high profile places, which include the New English Art Club, the Royal Watercolour Society and Royal Society For Painters In Watercolour, the Royal Society Of British Artists and the Royal Institute Of Oil Painters amongst others.