Mark R. Seppala

Artist Biography

Mark was born in Quincy, Massachusetts and lived there until he was 5 years old.  Moving on to Pembroke, Massachusetts until 1964.  In 1965 my family moved back to Quincy and began art school at The New England School of Art in Boston.   He majored in Advertising Design and traditional Animation.  From the age of 5 he had always wanted to work for Disney.  Mark had some delays in his journey, one being the U.S. Navy.  Joining the Navy after graduation from art school.  This was during the Vietnam conflict.  Luckily, he was not stationed in the Pacific arena.  During the time in the Navy, Mark definitely took advantage of it.  He was stationed in 2 home ports.  Three years in Newport, Rhode Island and one in Keflavik, Iceland.  While in Newport the ships he was on, took many cruises to the Caribbean and Europe.  Taking full advantage of this, he traveled to Spain, France, Italy, Greece,  and Switzerland, seeing the Vatican, the Roman forum, Naples, Venice, the Parthenon in Athens and many other wonderful and educational place.  His favorite country though, is Iceland.  When transferred there, he wasn’t too happy, but in the past 10 years has gone back over 6 times to enjoy the unbelievable countryside and the beauty of Iceland.  

His art career really took off after the military.  Working a numerous design studios and in house graphics departments he honed his craft.  All the sending letters and illustrations to Disney.  While in Florida in 1989, Mark met with Disney executives in Florida as well as going to Disney Consumer Products in California.  After Disney Parks Merchandise couldn’t find the right person to head up the Character Merchandise Department, he interviewed with various VPs at Walt Disney World Resort®  and landed the role of Creative Director for the merchandise division in Florida.  Responsibilities included drawing the Disney characters, managing the staff, hiring new artists, and working with a multitude of freelance artists and designers.  Designins merchandise for Walt Disney World Resort®, Disneyland Resort®, Disney Cruise Line® and all Walt Disney World® hotels.  After 25 years working for Disney he decided to leave, a very difficult choice, to pursue other goals in his life and career.  Mark still does work for Disney and he and his partner John Sullivan opened a small gallery in Orlando at FAVO.  He also works on model making, reproductions of vintage products and finally painting those landscapes of Iceland.  Mark says that life is like a ruler, I’ve got about 2” left and want to do the things I’ve always wanted to do.  Make every day count.