Mark Farina

Plein-air Landscape Oil Paintings – American Artist

I am a full time artist. I grew up in upstate New York and Florida. My father a two uncles were golf club professionals in the Schenectady, NY area.

I lived in Arizona for 12 years and worked as a golf professional and moonlighted as a free lance artist.
Since 1982 I have lived on the Monterey Peninsula teaching art and painting full time. I paint in oils and watercolor. My subject matter is diverse, but I mostly paint the local land & seascape. I also enjoy painting still-life subjects.

I do both studio and plein-air painting (outdoor on location). My process is to paint smaller 8″ x 10″ to 12″ x 16” outdoors and then use them for reference on larger studio works.

I hold a Monday drop in plein air session (schedule is on my website). I also give occasional two and three day still life and plein air workshops.

I still play golf, but more for the exercise than anything else I describe myself as being an old golfer and a young artist.

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Education: 

B.A. Degree, Florida State University, Art, Minor: Art History, two trimesters in Florence, Italy.

Mark attended to Florida State U. on a partial golf scholarship until he became interested in art which became his main interest for the remainder of my collage education. After graduating from college, he made a livelihood in both golf and commercial art. He moved to the Monterey Peninsula in the early 80’s and freelanced as a graphic designer and illustrator.

During this period, he was also painting in watercolor and oil. Inspired by the spectacular scenery of the Monterey Peninsula he started painting en plein air (outside on location). This became a passion and eventually fine art painting became his full-time vocation.

Mark’s interest in subject matter is not limited to just the landscape. He also paint still-life, architecture and figures.

 

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Plein Air Events;

  • Carmel Art Festival,                Sonoma Plein Air,
  • Plein Air Texas                        Richmond Plein Air
  • Telluride Plein Air .                 Plein Air Texas
  • Cape Anne Plein Air

His paintings have been juried into many national shows and have won awards across the country, including:

  • Oil Painters of America
  • California Art Club, Gold Medal Show
  • Butler Institute of American Art,
  • Allied Artist,
  • American Impressionist Society,
  • Watercolor West, and the California Watercolor Society
  • Hudson Valley Art Association

Memberships:

  • California Art Club, Artist Member
  • Carmel Art Association, Life Member
  • American Impressionist Society, Signature Member
  • Outdoor Painters Society, Signature Member
  • Oil Painter of America, Signature Member
  • Academic Artist Association, Artist Member
  • Watercolor West, Signature Member

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Collections:

  • Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula
  • Monterey Country Club
  • Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History
  • Coral De Tierra Country Club
  • Coral de Tierra Country Club, Salinas, CA
  • The Panetta Family

 

Awards (Partial List)

  • 2019
    • Outstanding Watercolor _ July Fine Art Studio Online Monthly Competition
  • 2017
    • Oil Painters of America National Exhibition – Honorable Mention for still-Life
  • 2016
    • Carmel Art Festival  – Best Local Artist
    • Watercolor West –  Award of Merit
  • 2015
    • Outdoor Painters Society Southwest Salon Honorable Mention
    • Big Blue Plein Air – Monterey Best of Show
    • Carmel Art Festival – Honorable Mention, Best Local Artist
  • 2014
    • Carmel Art Festival Honorable Mention
    • Outdoor Painters Society National Exhibition, Honorable Mention
  • 2013
    • Celebrating the Landscape in Nature, Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History – 2nd Place
  • 2010
    • Carmel Plein Air Art Festival – Honorable Mention
    • Alameda Jewel-By-The-Bay Plein Air – Honorable Mention
  • 2009
    • Allied Artist Plein Air Peoples Choice Award
    • Academic Artist Association, Landscape Award
  • 2008     
    • American Impressionist Society- Gallery B (of Knoxville, KY) Award –
    • Santa Cruz Museum of  Art & History Plein Air Affaire – Best of show
    • Academic Artist Association National Show – Honorable Mention
    • Carmel Art Festival – Honorable Mention
    • Santa Cruz Art League National Landscape Exhibit – 3rd Place Oil
    • Haggin Museum National Exhibit – Honorable Mention
    • Alameda Plein Air – Honorable Mention
    • Red River Valley Museum Exhibit  – Award of Merit
  • 2007
    • Carmel Plein Air Festival – Honorable Mention
    • Butler Institute of American Art Mid Year Exhibit – L. Paris Award –
    • Master Impressionist Society National Show – Honorable Mentions (2)-
    • Academic Artist Assoc. Nat. Exhibit – Armour Award for landscape
    • Redlands University Centennial Plein Air – Honorable Mention
  • 2006
    • Master Impressionists National Exhibit  – Honorable Mention
    • San Clemente Plein Air Festival – Honorable Mention
    • Jewel By The Bay Plein Air, Alameda, CA – Honorable Mention
  • 2005
    • Peoples’ Choice Award – Carmel Plein Air Festival
    • California State Fair Plein Air Div.-Merit Award
    • Academic Artist Association, New England Heritage Award
  • 2004
    • Palm Springs Desert Museum National Exhibit Award of Excellence
  • 2003
    • Monterey County Fair – Best of Show

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Major Juried Shows

  • 2019
    • 109th California Gold Medal Exhibition
    • American Impressionist Society National Exhibition, Salmagundi Club 
    • American Impressionist Small Works Exhibition
    • Virtuosos of the Oil Painters of America  
    • Watercolor West 51st Annual Juried Exhibition
    • Hudson Valley Art Association National Exhibition
  • 2018
    • 108th California Gold Medal Exhibition
    • American Impressionist Small Works Exhibition
  • 2017
    • Southwest Salon – Outdoor Painters Society
    • 107th California Art Club – Gold Medal Show, Autry Center for the Arts, Los Angeles, CA
    • Oil Painters of America National Exhibition – Elise Gallery, Cincinnati, OH
  • 2016
    • 106th California Art Club Gold Medal Exhibition
    • Southwest Salon – Outdoor Painters Society
    • Hudson Valley Art Association – Salmagundi Club, NYC
  • 2015
    • 105th California Art Club Gold Medal Exhibition
    • American Impressionist Society 
    • Southwest Salon –  Outdoor Painters Society. Dallas, Texas
    • Virtuosos of the Oil Painters of America – Salmagundi Club, NYC
    • Oil Painters of America Salon, McNeil Gallery, Birmingham, AL
  • 2014
    • Oil Painters of America National Exhibit, Bennington Center for the Arts, Bennington, VT
    • Oil Painters of America Western Regional Exhibit, Mountain-song Gallery, Carmel, CA
    • American Impressionist Society  15th Annual Exhibition, Abend Gallery, Denver, CO
    • Outdoor Painters Society 2014 Saloon, Southwest Gallery, Dallas, Texas
    • California Art Club Gold Medal Show, Autry National Center Museum, Los Angeles, CA
    • Transparent Watercolor Society 38th Annual Exhibit, Kenosha Public Museum, WI
  • 2013
    • Oil Painters of America National Exhibit, Insight Gallery, Fredericksburg, Texas
    • American Impressionist  Society National Exhibit, Mountain Song Gallery, Carmel, California
    • Outdoor Painters Society National Exhibit,  Southwest Gallery,  Dallas, Texas
    • Salon International, Green House Gallery San Antonio, Texas
    • Richmond Plein Air, Blazier Gallery Richmond, Virginia
  • 2012 
    • California Art Club
    • Gold Medal Show – Autry National Center Museum, Los Angeles
    • Saving Paradise LA County Municipal Art Museum
    • Salon International – Greenhouse Gallery of Fine Art, San Antonio, Texas
    • Napa Valley Art Festival
    • Sonoma Plein Air Festival
  • 2011
    • Finalist  AMERICA CHINA OIL PAINTING ARTISTS LEAGUE juried competition
    • American Impressionist National Exhibit, – Mountain Song Gallery, Carmel, CA
    • A Century of California Landscape – California Art Club at the California Historical Society, San Francisco, CA
  • 2010
    • California Art Club Gold Medal Show, Pasadena Art Museum
    • Oil Painters of America Western Regional Exhibit
    • Butler Institute of American Art Mid Year Exhibit
    • American Impressionist Society National Exhibit
  • 2009
    • Oil Painters of America  Western Regional Exhibit, Howard/Mandville  Gallery, Kirkland, Washington
    • Academic Artist Association National Exhibit, Springfield, Mass.
    • 10th Annual American Impressionist Exhibit.
  • 2008
    • Oil Painters of America National Show, Dana Gallery, Missoula, Montana
    • Salon International – Greenhouse Gallery, San Antonio, TX (2 paintings)
    • 9th  Annual American Impressionist Exhibit
    • Academic Artist Association, Springfield, Mass.
  • 2007
    • Oil Painters of America National Show, Whistle Pik Galleries, Fredericksburg, TX
    • Butler American Institute Of American Art Midyear Exhibit
    • Napa Valley Museum – Northern Views Plein Air
    • J. Richeson Still Life 75 National Show
    • Academic Artist Association National Show
    • Best of Plein Air – Laguna Plein Air Painters Assoc.
    • Masters of Impressionist Society National Show
  • 2006
    • Laguna Plein Air Painters- Best of Plein Air
    • Salon International, Greenhouse Gallery, San Antonio, TX
    • American Impressionist National Exhibit, Fredericksburg, TX
  • 2005
    • Plein Air New Mexico Invitational, Ventana Fine Art,  Santa Fe, New Mexico
    • Oil Painters of America National Exhibit, Hilligoss Galleries, Chicago, Ill..
    • Oil Painters of America Western Regional Small Painting Exhibit, Santa Barbara, Ca
    • Watercolor West 37th Annual Exhibit, Riverside, CA
    • Salon International Exhibit, Greenhouse Gallery, San Antonio, Texas
    • Academic Artist National Exhibition, Springfield, Mass
  • 2004
    • Oil Painters of America Western Regional Exhibit, Lawrence Gallery, Portland, OR
    • Butler Institute Nation Mid-year Exhibit – Youngstown, Ohio
    • California Watercolor Society National Exhibit- Charles Reid, Juror
    • Academic Artist National Exhibition –  Springfield, Mass.
  • 2003
    • Oil Painters of America National Exhibition, Nichols Gallery, – Taos, NM
    • Monterey Museum Biannual Exhibit
    • Laguna Plein Air Painting Assoc.- Artist Members Exhibition
    • Oil Painters of America Western Regional Small Painting Show – Santa Barbara CA
  • 2002
    • California Watercolor Association National Exhibition- San Francisco
  • 2001
    • Splish Splash – National Watercolor Exhibit, St. Louis, MO
    • Oil Painters of America Western Regional Show, Springfield Museum, UT.
  • 2000
    • Audubon Artist of America National Juried Show, Salgumundi Club, New York
  • 1999
    • Valley Art Association 68th Annual, Hastings on the Hudson, NY
    • Monterey Museum of Art – Biannual Exhibit

 

Published             

  • California Light: 100 Years of Landscape Paintings from the California Art Club
  • 100 Ways To Paint Landscapes, Vol 1, 2004, by International Artist Magazine
  • Plein Air New Mexico – published by J. Richeson Company
  • Artist Magazine – “Instructors and Star Students” March 2006
  • The Art  Collection of the Community Hospital of Monterey Peninsula – 2009

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Mark Farina Oil Painting
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My paintings can be viewed on my website: http://mfarinaartstudio.com
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