Mark Flowers / Biography



Mark E. Flowers / Biography

life-long creative partnership making teaching art

Mark E. Flowers earned his BFA in Studio Arts from The University of South Carolina in 1977 and his MFA in Painting from Western Michigan University in1979. Following his academic career, he has exhibited his work throughout the United States and in Europe. Mark’s work can be found in 26 public and over 300 private collections. Throughout his career, he has won numerous awards for his art in both regional and national competitions. Most recently he was awarded a residency at Golden Artists Colors Foundation in New Berlin, NY.

His art teaching career parallels his art making. He has taught art at the secondary and college levels for more than 41 years. While he has been a teacher of art, he has also chaired two fine arts departments and one painting department. In pursuing dual careers, he has served as a town councilman, volunteer firefighter, Little League baseball coach and president of a community recreational board.

Mark is a career artist who lives his life creating art, teaching what he knows, and serving his community well. He and his artist/wife, Kristy Higby live in a hand-made log cabin just north of Asheville, NC in the community of Alexander. They also have a large studio on the property named Mountain Tea Studios. Examples of Mark and Kristy’s work can be found on their website at or on their Facebook page, Mountain Tea Studios. His work can also be found at


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