Visual Identity - The Artwork
The Arctic Winter Games bring together the people of the Northern World. The Host Society is proud that Mark Preston’s art will help to bring us together as we all Play our Part in our sports, in our communities, in our world.
Mark Preston’s Raven and Wolf
Tradition has it that Raven is responsible for releasing the sun, moon and stars. He brings water and fish and he discovered mankind in a clamshell. He is known as transformer, trickster, hero and creator.
Wolf is another important family crest figure.Wolf was revered for his skills as a hunter and provider. In fact, to become a good hunter, one must acquire the spirit power associated with wolf.
Raven and Wolf represent the People to Yukon First Nations.
Mark Preston (Tenna ‘Tsa ‘Teh) Master of Copper, was born in Dawson City, Yukon Territory. He is of Tlingit and Irish ancestry. Mark’s art began when his mother put paper and pencil in front of him at age three but it was meeting artist Edith Jerome when he was 17 that was the launching point of his life as an artist. Edith became his friend and started teaching him. Mark then worked as a graphic artist in Whitehorse and went to the Victoria School of Arts. Later, he went to the K’san School of Native Art in Hazelton, BC. During the day he attended class and in the evening he trained with Master Carver Phil Janze.
Mark creates beautiful jewelry and he works in stone, glass, metals, clothing, computer and wood. He makes drums, dabbles in architecture and is even designing furniture.
To Mark, art is the magic, the glue that binds and brings us together. Art gives us reason to think, ponder and speak our minds.