Mark Haltof is a contemporary realist painter with over 30 years experience and a background that includes training in New York at the Arts Students League, the National Academy, as well as several Paris ateliers. He began painting in Maine in the mid 70's with a group of artist friends who came for summers to paint Maine's rocky coast and its many islands. Because he draws his inspiration from those places and things close to him, he eventually relocated to Maine in 1984. He has shown his work in galleries in New York, California, Florida, North Carolina, and Maine, and was the subject of a feature article in American Artist Magazine. His work is represented in The Portland Museum Art (The Elizabeth Noyce Collection) and in many private and corporate collections throughout the U.S. and abroad.