1979 KCAI Graduate
Estes approaches the creation of his character-study portraiture, concept
illustration and bike racing imagery with the same “Beginners Mind”
that he applies to his hospice volunteer work, bicycle racing and marriage
to his wife, Susan. The Christmas gift of a plastic Thunderbird camera
from his parents at age seven led him to study art at the High School
for the Performing and Visual Arts in his hometown of Houston, TX. And
later earn a B.F.A. in photography at the Kansas City Art Institute. His
creative inspiration comes from his love of illustration, music, film,
Bizarro comics puns and photographers Duane Michaels, Annie Leibovitz
anf Matt Mahurin.
Since graduating from K.C.A.I. in 1979, Mark moved to northern California
where he has worked as a freelance assistant to the county’s best
photographers, established his studio in Oakland, CA., gotten married,
been trained as a whitewater river raft guide, become a trained hospice
volunteer and participated in three 600-mile AIDS LifeCycle bike rides
while raising $30,000.00 for the S.F. AIDS Foundation.
Mark discovered bike racing at the age of 47. He is an active Masters
category F racer in Northern California. Cycling photography and illustration
are a blend of two of his passions. Racing is also a part of his business
plan. The application of life lessons learned while training and racing
make him a better photographer and artist as a result.
His clients include Newsweek, Business Week, Fortune Small Business, University
of California at San Francisco Medical Center, Robert Mondavi Winery,
California Lawyer Magazine and Stanford University.