Mark Nakanishi was born in Olangapo City, Philippines and currently resides with his fiancee and daughter in San Diego, California. Growing up as a military brat, he has lived abroad and got to experience many different art and cultures. From an early age, he has demonstrated an innate artistic talent and has continued to bring his vision to paper and canvas. His choice of medium varies but primarily likes to work with watercolor, oils and soft pastels.

Inspired by artists of the past such as John Singer Sargent, Joaquin Sorolla and the works of the Impressionist masters, his artwork is a modern reflection of their styles. His art reflecting his interest in travel and culture, focusing on the simplistic beauty of our surroundings.