Mark Slade lives surrounded by a family for whom the use of artistic expression is an integral form of communication. Accordingly, his own interests have constantly propelled him toward independent study for the love of various mediums and the joy of exploration towards establishing his own individual styles and techniques.
Having won a local Disney art contest in his native Massachusetts at an early age, Mark was encouraged to continue developing his talents over the years through his drawings and illustrations, as well as, political cartoons, caricatures and comic strips that have run in numerous newspapers. His work has appeared in magazines and prominent publications around the world. A number of his art pieces are held in private collections. As an artist, Mark has a firm belief that the creative instinct compliments diverse mediums and has, therefore, continued to explore and expand his own vision. By combining the different mediums at his disposal, he is able to communicate his viewpoints in a unique metaphorical style. He continues to offer his works of art through his website.
As an actor, Mark has made over 300 appearances on stage, screen and television, winning international recognition and numerous awards for his efforts. Having begun his career in New York at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, he appeared on Broadway and in the film “Splendor in the Grass,” before moving to the West Coast. In a career spanning 30 years, he starred and guest-starred in films, television and several TV series that include “Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea,” “Wackiest Ship in the Army,” and “The High Chaparral.”
As a writer, which he considers “word painting,” Mark is well-known for the “Cliffy” episode of “The Rookies” for which he won numerous citations. His more current works have moved, much like his art, towards the simplicity of form while incorporating historical significance. His latest work GOING DOWN MAINE is his first novel. In August 2014, Mark’s second book OF PAIN AND COFFEE was published and is available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble’s Nook, as is Going Down Maine.
Mark also lent his talents to the Slade Media Group, founded by his wife Melinda Riccilli Slade, that specialized in corporate image campaigns, crisis management, graphic design and marketing communications. The firm created national campaigns for diverse public and private companies along with numerous product introductions. Together, they wrote and developed various media projects through their affiliated company, Slade Square Productions. They currently reside in Northern California where they continue their creative collaboration.
Each medium – art, acting, writing – offers a different stream of communication. Not limiting his vision to any one discipline has allowed him to meld the variety of experiences and achieve, by use of each varied stream, a more complete expression of his own unique imagination and point of view.