Artist Mark Fehlman

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The Artist Says:

I strive to capture the spirit of a place or person rather than merely record the moment. My weapons are composition, thick and thin passages of paint, expressive brush strokes, and a sensuous palette of color. The magic is in making a powerful statement with a minimal use of your weapons.


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.
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” 
2007 Torrey Pines Plein [...]

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