Mark Shamlian has a bachelor of fine arts in drawing and painting from the University of Delaware and a Masters degree in Painting from Boston University. He also studied at the University of the Arts and Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia. He has taught drawing, painting, and illustration at the University of Delaware, University of the Arts, and various continuing education programs. He also taught environmental design at the former Art Institute of Philadelphia. These days he divides his time between fine arts pursuits, commercial design, illustration, writing, carpentry, and music related activities.