Mark Jessop grew up in Colorado. He began fishing
on camping trips to the Rockies with his dad when he
was just 6 years old. He fell in love with
rushing rivers, nature, and the excitement of
fishing and by early adolescence, he had become a
die-hard fly fisherman. Fly fishing combined
two of his passions - Art and Science, into one
Mark's artistic expression of fly
fishing began with fly-tying. With a few tips
from his dad and a handful of feathers, he began
teaching himself how to tie flies. He spent
countless hours designing flies and then testing
them on the wary trout of the South Platte River.
In the winter of 2004, while living on the Olympic
Peninsula in Washington, he discovered watercolor as a way of
expressing his love for fish and fly fishing.
Mark combines vivid colors and a close eye for
detail to showcase the natural beauty of each fish
he paints. He looks to natures perfect forms,
patterns and reflections for ideas. Of course,
his greatest inspiration comes from a day on the
river, casting to rising trout.
Mark is currently
working as a fisheries biologist in Denver Colorado.