Mark Demsteader was born in 1963 in Manchester, where he still lives and works. He is largely self-taught, having spent many years in life drawing classes, developing a drawing style through close observation of the human form. He uses pastel and gouache to put down clean and assured lines. Demsteader intends for his models to live and breathe, and for their expression and poise conveying a sense of narrative that invites the viewer to ask questions. His work has been exhibited worldwide.