Artist Mark Monsarrat

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Craftsman-Style Influences
Plein-Air vs. Studio Work 
I follow in the classic traditions of the 19th-century romantic landscape painters, inspired by the Hudson River School, Early California painters, and American and California Impressionists. My work is best described as tonal-colorist, Craftsman style. With heavy emphasis on plein-air (outdoor) painting, I seek to capture the many moods of the atmospheric landscape, from picturesque to sublime, always with a warm sense of place.
A professional fine artist in San Francisco for over 30 years, Mark first painted outdoors as a teenager in Columbus, Ohio. After a time in engineering, he moved to California to complete his art education, eventually earning a BFA, an MFA, and taking numerous plein-air workshops. He has pursued his loves of outdoor and studio painting ever since. 
First Place: Juried Painting Show, Coastal Asts League, Half Moo Bay, CA
Second Place: Marin County Fair Plein Air
First Place: San Mateo County Fair, Fine Arts: Seascapes
Second Place: San Mateo County Fair, Fine Arts: County Scenes
Honorable Mention: San Mateo County Fair, Fine Arts: County Scenes
Honorable Mention: Alameda County Fair, Fine Arts: Painting
Honorable Mention: Paint Livermore Plein Air
Special Judge's Award: Mendocino Plein Air Open (MOPO)  
First Place: QuickDraw: Bucks County Plein Air, PA 
First Place: Marin Co. Fair Plein Air, CA
Second Place: Alameda Co. Fair Plein Air, CA
First Place: Vallejo Waterfront Weekend Plein Air, CA
First Place, QuickDraw: Hudson Riv Vly Plein Air, NY
Honorable Mention: Capitola Plein Air, CA 
Honorable Mention: “American West”, Pacific Art League, Palo Alto, CA
Honorable Mention: MBPAPA Sig. Mbr shw, Monterey Nat’l Hist Mus, CA
Best Architecture: Mendocino Plein Air
First Place, Alameda Co Fair Plein Air
First Place Oils, Shelter Cove Plein Air, CA
First Place, Alameda County Fair Plein Air, Pleasanton, CA
First Place, "Scenic Roadways, Monterey County", Central Coast PAP /  Monterey Arts Council, TAMC offices, Salinas, CA
Fifth Place, Marin County Fair Plein Air
3 Honorable Mentions, [...]

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