Mark Yungblut has been creating art for the past fifteen years, and has had his paper cuttings and pencil drawings displayed in Japan, China, Toronto, Kitchener- Waterloo, and many other locations around Southern Ontario. He began by drawing mostly Japanese castles and temples in pencil, and continued to do so until he was introduced to Yasuyuki Okamura in April 2004 during a trip to Japan.
Mr. Okamura is a kiri-e artist and teacher (kiri-e is a Japanese method of paper cutting), and taught Mark the basics of this art form. Mark has continue to learn from Mr. Okamura during subsequent trips to Japan. For the past ten years Mark has been focusing mainly on kiri-e, and having been to Japan several times during that period, creates works from pictures that he has taken while there. He also creates paper cuttings of Canadian architecture, wildlife, and other subject matter in custom orders.