For Mark Leputa, the greatest sense of self-satisfaction and pride are found in the creation process. Graduating from the University of Pittsburgh in 2003 with a BA in Communications, Mark always felt his imagination was being suppressed. Not until a short holiday to New Zealand in 2004 did Mark submit to his longing of being a full-time artist. He had finally discovered the medium he had long been seeking - glass. The heat, the fire, the seemingly liquid state that this material is worked at entranced him. The short holiday turned into a three-year apprenticeship. During this time he was able to define a body of work where simplicity, purity of form, and negative space is merged to meet harmony. In 2007, Mark returned to the United States to further his knowledge and skills of the material. He now resides in Alabama where he continues to focus on achieving a clean, crisp, body of work.