Mark Fehlman

2020 Paint the Town
Plein Air Judge and Guest Speaker

I love to paint from the life that surrounds me. I paint in an impressionistic style, marked by energetic brushwork, and use thick and thin layers of paint, patterns of light and dark, and a rich palette of colors to capture the moment. For 30 years, I practiced as a successful Architect; half of those years were as a design partner with Fehlman LaBarre Architects. Thanks to my business partner, Mike LaBarre, I was able to leave architecture and pursue my passion, in a second career, as a fine artist. My artistic career started in my youth, as a well known fiber artist. Throughout high school and into college, I had successful shows in Laguna Beach, Los Angeles and San Francisco. Then architecture took over. When I began to pursue painting, I sought out the best teachers. Each has been a tremendous inspiration to me. They include Lela Harty, John Asaro, Ray Roberts, Brian Blood, Ron Hicks, Mark Daley, Kim English, and Jeff Watts. I have been painting for about 15 years, and have made it my career for over 10 years. I paint full time in my studio at my home in the Mission Hills District of San Diego, and travel extensively to capture images throughout the world.

EXHIBITIONS
2009 Precious Gifts, the Blinn House, California Art Club
2011 California Art Club, Tejon Ranch, The Old Mill in San Marino
2011 California Art Club, Tejon Ranch exhibition @ Bakersfield Museum of Art
2012-15 California Art Club Gold Medal Show
2012 California Art Club, Malibu On-Location, at Pepperdine University, Weisman Museum
2012 California Art Club, California Coast, The Old Mill in San Marino 2012 The Fine Art Collaborative Show, Randy Higbee Gallery
2014 LPAPA, Best of Plein Air, “Grand Prize Award”
2015 California Art Club, “Romance of Europe”
2015 California Art Club, “Landscapes of the West II”
2015 LPAPA “California Impressionism: Plein Air Painting Past & Present”

EVENTS
2007 Torrey Pines Plein Air Invitational, San Diego, Ca.
2009 San Clemente Art Festival, Quick Draw, “Fourth Place”
2010 San Clemente Art Festival, Quick Draw, “Fourth Place”
2011 San Clemente Art Festival, Quick Draw, “Third Place”
2009 North Park Plein Air, California Art Club, “First Place”
2010 thru 2015 Maynard Dixon Country Show 2011 Borrego Plein Air        Invitational, “Jurors Award”
2012 Borrego Plein Air Invitational, “First Place”
2013 & 14 Laguna Invitational Plein Air Art Festival
2013 & 14 “Just Plein Fun” Invitational D.Huse Gallery “Honorable Mention”
2015 Forgotten Coast Plein Air Festival Apalachicola, Florida
2015 Maynard Dixon Camp Out
2017 “Just Plein Fun” Quick Draw Balboa Island “First Place”

MEMBERSHIPS
San Diego Art Institute
California Art Club, Artist Member
Laguna Plein Air Painters Association, Signature Member
American Impressionist Society
Oil Painters of America