Mark Astrella is a self-taught artist who has drawn and painted most of his life. Born in Worcester, Massachusetts, Mark always knew he would be an artist. He learned most of his technique by looking at art in his hometown art museum and by studying books, comic books, and science fiction magazines.

Mark is very versatile and has worked with many different media. He has been creating graphic designs professionally since high school. He has freelanced for advertising agencies, magazines, small businesses, and sign companies. He has also toured the United States as a lighting technician for rock 'n' roll bands, theatre productions, television, and corporate trade shows.

Mark collaborated with Jerry Pallotta on The Butterfly Alphabet Book and The Desert Alphabet Book.

Mark loves to travel and has seen most of North and South America. He resides in Hawaii.

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