Mark in West Palm Beach - Age 27
Business & Travel
Mark Deren from Holland PA, U.S.A. is also a good business contact in the real Holland. He has the ability to promote, write, photograph, set up media networks, and arrange travel. He is trained in newswriting, promotional writing, marketing, and public relations. He has had valuable sales experience.
Mark arrives at Istana Nurul Iman (Royal Palace) during a complete round-the-world flight by Singapore Airlines (First Class).
Deren graduated from Rider University, NJ in 1982 with a degree in journalism. A scholarship in diving helped pay his way. He became a top career scorer for the swim team and was also the collegiate champion of New Jersey in 1981. During these college years, Deren also took time out to see the world. He travelled extensively in Australia, continental U.S.A., Alaska, and Europe. Following training at one of America's best sales training schools in Nashville, TN, Deren went to work as first a travel agent, then as a new car salesman for Ford and Chrysler.
...carted around the world in "high style."
On March 15, 1985, he transferred to Palm Beach, FL where he came upon a most fascinating job. He became business manager to the world famous Palm Beach based Portsmouth, VA portrait painter Ralph Wolfe Cowan He set up appointments with movie stars, heads of state, sultans, kings, and other dignitaries, then made the travel arrangements to go visit them with Mr. Cowan. Once there, he first had to draw up contracts, arrange short "sittings" with the subject, help sell the idea of a portrait(s), and collect a down payment. He also had to photograph the subject and their surroundings and take detailed notes of Mr. Cowan's conversations with the client for historical purposes.
Mark and R.W. present a full-length Cowan portrait to
Equipped with journalism skills, Deren helped Cowan produce a book of his paintings called "A Personal Vision." Deren dealt with such clients as HM Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah of Brunei, HH Sheikh Zayed of the United Arab Emirates, Imelda Marcos, Doris Duke, Donald Trump, President Augusto Pinochet of Chile, Roots author Alex Haley, HSH Prince Albert of Monaco to name a few, plus a host of society people, dignitaries, and multimedia stars. Many valuable business and communications lessons were learned. With his press releases, Deren also helped Mr. Cowan earn valuable appearances in such mega-media outlets as People magazine, CNN News, AP, UPI, and the hit TV series "Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous" with Robin Leach.
Mark shakes hands with President Sheik Zayed bin Sultan al Nahyan, U.A.E. Mark and Mr. Cowan flew to the sheik's private island in the Arabian Sea. Mark photographed the president, while Mr. Cowan discussed ideas for the portraits. Afterwards, a sumptuous feast was given in Mr. Cowan's honor. Mark and the president had a long conversation. Later that evening, the president awarded them each a gold watch with his name and the state seal inscribed in the face. - October 15, 1989.
Mark presents Ralph Cowan Portrait to Julio Iglesias in Miami, Florida. The portrait was a gift to Julio from Hawaiian Tropic Owner Ron Rice.
Ralph Cowan has painted more monarchs than any other portrait painter in history. He has also painted four U.S. presidents and a host of film stars, dignitaries and society people. His paintings hang in six continents. He's "the Goose that lays the golden eggs," according to Mark.
Ralph Wolfe Cowan with H.M. Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, Brunei on one of five trips to the sultanate. Photo: Eric Cheromcka
One day, Mark arrived back at the studio to find that Mr. Cowan had painted his portrait. The painting, which now hangs in the Netherlands, is "a treasure for life," said Mark. The only other Cowan portraits in Europe are found at the Royal Palace of Monaco and at the residence of former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev in Russia.
Mark & R.W. tiger trekking via Elephant back - Treetops Jungle Lodge, Nepal - February 5, 1987.
After six years of working for Cowan, Deren moved back to Pennsylvania to be close to his family. He got married to his Dutch girlfriend Ingrid. They moved to the Netherlands, so she could be close to her family. Since then, Mark has become fluent in the Dutch language. Through the years, Mark has proven himself to be a good manager and promotor. He is an experienced traveller. Whether it be sleeping on a picnic table on the side of the road in outback Australia or lounging at the five-star Taj Mahal Hotel in Delhi, India, Mark is in his element. Contact Mark today to discuss travel, business opportunities, promotion, or to commission an original Ralph Cowan portrait. On his annual visits to Florida, Mark sometimes pays a visit to Mr. Cowan at his West Palm Beach studio.
Mark visits the Temples of Abu Simbel, Southern Egypt