A fifth-generation Haligonian, Mark Grantham was born in Halifax in 1966. He grew up on Leeds Street in the city's north end not far from the Hydrostone District, and completed his first oil on canvas at age 11. After receiving Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education degrees from Dalhousie University, Mark went on to study architecture at the Technical University of Nova Scotia, from where he holds a Bachelor of Environmental Design Studies degree as well as a Masters degree in Architecture. Mark has been painting full time since 1996, and his work continues to evolve. He is also a regular fixture every Saturday at the Halifax Seaport Farmers' Market with his line of prints and greeting cards. Mark's paintings can be found in countless private and corporate collections, as well as the Nova Scotia and Canada Council Art Banks.