About the Artist

About Mark Farina

Mark Farina - Biography

 Mark Farina





Carmel Art Association, Carmel, CA

Hillside Fine Art, Claremont, CA

Holton Frame-makers &Studios, Emeryville, CA

LeGrand Fine Art, Richmond, VA

Lyons Head Gallery, Carmel Valley, CA

Portico Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA

Poulsen Galleries Inc., Pasadena, CA





Education: B.A. Degree, Florida State University, Art, Minor: Art History


Includes a six month Art History program in Florence, Italy.

I went to Florida State U. on a partial golf scholarship, but only played for my freshman year. I became interested in art and it became my main interest for the remainder of my college education. After graduating from college I made a livelihood in both golf and commercial art. I moved to the Monterey Peninsula in the early 80’s and free-lanced as a graphic designer and illustrator. During this period I was also painting in watercolor and oil. Inspired by the spectacular scenery of the Monterey Peninsula I started painting en plein air, or outside on location. This became a passion and eventually fine art painting became my full time vocation.

My interest in subject matter is not limited to just the landscape, I also paint still-life, architecture and figures.

I have participated in numerous prestigious plein air events including;

Carmel Art Festival,

Sonoma Plein Air,

Telluride Plein Air

Richmond Plein Air


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

Oil Painters of America,

California Art Club,

Butler Institute of American Art,

Allied Artist,

American Impressionist Society,

Watercolor West, and the California Watercolor Society


Oil Painter of America, Signature Member Member

California Art Club, Artist Member

American Impressionist Society, Signature Member

Carmel Art Association, Life Member

Academic Artist Association, Artist Member

Watercolor West, Signature Member.

Outdoor Painters Society Associate Member


Major Juried Shows

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, Wistle 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

Splash on the Square, Graham, Texas

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, Hillgoss 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

                Splash National Exhibit, Graham, Texas

                California Art Club /Pasadena Women’s Club - Garden Exhibit

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.

                Laguna Plein Air Painter- Juried Member Exhibit

                Palm Springs Desert Museum National Juried Exhibition

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

Awards (Partial List)

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




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


Collections- Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula


Mark Farina - Biography