Mark Charette was born in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and raised in eastern Wisconsin. In 1973, he entered Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. and became a resident of nearby Arlington, Virginia. In 1975, he completed a bachelor's degree in English literature at Georgetown.
Although he learned basic camera and darkroom skills as a teenager, Mark continued to hone his craft during the 1980s as a freelance photographer, illustrating political direct mail. Through night courses at the Corcoran School of Art in Washington, Mark improved his darkroom skills and explored a new-found sensibility for fine art landscape photography.
Today he combines commercial portrait and event photography with an ever-growing interest in the fine art landscape and a full schedule of gallery exhibits throughout Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania.