About Mark Farina
Holton Frame-makers &Studios, Emeryville, CA
LeGrand Fine Art, Richmond, VA
Poulsen Galleries Inc., Pasadena, CA
Carmel Art Association, Carmel, CA
Lyons Head Gallery, Carmel Valley, CA
Portico Gallery, Santa Barbara, 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 collage 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 freelanced 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,
American Impressionist Society,
Watercolor West, and the California Watercolor Society
California Art Club, Artist Member
American Impressionist Society, Signature Member
Carmel Art Association, Life Member
Oil Painter of America, Associate Member
Academic Artist Association, Artist Member
Watercolor West, Signature Member.