By David Gilbey
This weeks Lighting Hero is a true force in lighting, someone whose heart, passion and energy matches their immense talent as a designer, another woman based in Dubai, working on projects across the Middle East region and quite frankly smashing it, today’s lighting hero is Courtney Mark.
We did not know Courtney other than by name and reputation, we walked the same paths and we saw her speak at lighting conferences and forums and thought ‘smart cookie’. She accepted an award at Light Middle East, probably in 2015, she thanked her team and said all the right things and her final words were so prolific, so zen and so on the money, she paused, lent into the mic, looked us all in the eye and said…..details, details, details! We were smitten, such wisdom, we could have hugged her on the spot and we didn’t even know her!
We know her now and such is her warmth she would have accepted the hug, for Courtney is a real person, one of us, she has a huge heart, bags of charisma and a smile the size of Texas, to know Courtney is to adore her, the mystery to us is how we have found an image of her cup of tea in hand and do not have the Prosecco shot! (it’s probably coffee).
Much is made here about her humility and character, but make no mistake, Courtney is an award-winning lighting designer with a creative eye, exceptional knowledge of design and the courage and tenacity to deliver project excellence, she shares her knowledge readily, supports and nurtures young designers and has a mentoring attitude to her team, they are her family.
The more we get to know Courtney the more we love her and we are now lucky enough to call her our friend, she is truly an inspiration and one of the nicest people in lighting. Courtney Mark you are our lighting hero and we salute you!