“I grew up in upstate New York, spending summers in the Adirondacks where my father was a club golf professional. Aspiring to play professional golf, I attended Florida State University on a partial golf scholarship. I also liked to draw and was encouraged enough to major in art and art history. I spent six fantastic months in Florence, Italy, studying art history my last semester of college.
“I eventually settled down in California on the Monterey Peninsula, famous for its golf courses (Pebble Beach) and art community (Carmel-By The-Sea), and have resided here for the past two decades. I worked as a freelance illustrator and graphic designer up until the early 90’s, when I transitioned to painting full-time and teaching art part-time.
“I enjoy the challenge of painting a variety of subject matter: landscapes and seascapes, architecture, still-life and the figure. But being an outdoor person, painting en plein air suits me to a tee.
“I enter and have won awards in numerous national art shows, and plein air events. I’m a member of the historic Carmel Art Association (estab.1927), Artist member – California Art Club, Artist Member of the Academic Artist Association, a Signature Member of Watercolor West and Signature Member of Oil Painters of America.”
— Mark Farina
In April, 2015, Mark did a live artist demonstration in the Holton Studio Gallery. You can see photos of his demonstration on our blog page.
See Mark’s website, mfarinaartstudio.com