Mark Whitley was born in Smiths Grove, KY and graduated with a degree in Peace Studies from Chapman University in Orange, CA. After returning to Kentucky he began making furniture.
From 1999-2005 Mark Whitley was a member of Dry Land Fish, an Americana/Folk/Country band with two childhood friends, Darren Doyle and Jonathan Hodges. The group toured extensively and was signed to a minor label.
After the band split Mark turned his attention back to furniture making. He began concentration on one of a kind limited edition pieces and today his furniture is considered Fine Art, often winning awards in juried shows.
Mark and his family live on a farm on a creek in Barren County where he creates his artwork full time in his home studio.
- The Mark Whitley Band
- Dry Land Fish
- Whitley credits his transition from furniture building to fine artist with his reading of The Impractical Cabinetmaker by James Krenov (Linden 1999.