The back of many of his purchased works contains a short biography: "Born in Sydney, Australia in 1942, Mark Whitcombe came to the United States in 1953, where he attended Music & Art High School in NYC, and then studied at the Art Student League, the New School, and Cooper Union in Manhattan. He has been living and working on City Island in New York City (at the foot of Long Island Sound) for the better part of his life now. Mark is best-known for his nautical, which are often surreal as well, paintings and etchings. His etching work alone numbers well near one thousand different plates, and are in numerous private and public collections, i.e., Ethel Kennedy, Rod Stewart, Metropolitan Museum of Art NYC, Library of Congress Wash. D.C., Arizona State University Art Museum, and World Federation of United Nations Assoc. to name a few. He has won many awards such as 1st prize in Graphics, Salmagundi Club, NYC, and has been in many publications."