Artist Picture

Mark Kerckhoff was born in Covina, California in 1959 and studied painting and drawing at California State University Long Beach.

Mark was deeply influenced by his teachers – hyper realist painter Nicolas Boscovich, and figure drawer John Lincoln. Mark is a self-taught landscape painter.

The base of his interest in landscape painting stems from growing up in rural Los Angeles County raising Cochin bantams and other exotic birds in his suburban backyard. Many of Mark’s early drawings were of his birds.

Mark also enjoyed exploring the Sycamore-lined gullies near his home and riding  horseback through the South Hills, observing the beauty of nature and its peaceful solitude.

These early childhood memories continue to be a presence in his paintings.Mark rarely paints with companions, preferring the solitude of remote areas far from the maddening crowd and critic.Inspired by old and modern masters, Mark executes paintings that embrace his love of color, high aesthetics and craftsmanship.

Mark’s favorite quote is by John Ruskin the great Victorian art critic, “All great schools enforce delicacy of drawing and subtlety of sight: as of yet, found without exception respecting art is that all great art is delicate”.

Exhibitions and Awards


2012   Best in Show , San Clemente Plein Air Painting Competition

2010    Best in Show, Plein Air Competition, San Luis Obispo Art Museum, San Luis Obispo , California

2010   Glenna Hartmann Invitational, Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, Artist Choice Award

2009   Abstract Realism, The Ray Graham Collection, The Dahl, Rapid City South Dakota

2009   Best in Show, Artist Choice Award, Anza Borrego Desert Plein Air Painting Competition

2008    Artist Choice, 3rd Place Award, Anza Borrego Desert Plein Air Painting Competition

2008   Southwest Art Magazine Artists Choice Award

1985 – 2014  Festival of Arts, Laguna Beach, CA

2006   Casa de Paz, Tree of life Nursery, San Juan Capistrano,CA

2003   Summer Show 2003- Whitney Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA

2003   Plein Air 2003- Arizona- Sonora Desert Museum, Honorable Mention, Tucson, Arizona

2002    Faculty Exhibition- Irvine Valley College Irvine, CA

2002     National Juried Signature Membership Exhibition, Esther Wells Collection, Laguna Beach, CA

2001   Plein Air Painting Competition- Laguna Art Museum, Bronze and Redfern Gallery Quick Draw Award, Laguna Beach, CA

2000    Collectors Choice- Art Institute of Southern California,  Laguna Beach, CA

1999    Plein Air Painting Competition- Laguna Art Museum, Silver Award, Laguna Beach, CA

1998    Focus VII Orange County Artists, John Wayne Airport, Newport Beach

1984   Saddleback College Gallery, Mission Viejo, CA

1981    Saddleback College Gallery, Mission Viejo, CA

1980    Saddleback College Student Scholarship

1980    Laguna Beach Festival of Arts Student Scholarship

Private Collections

 Festival of Arts, Laguna Beach, CA

 Thunderbird Country Club, Rancho Mirage, CA

 Steve Chase Associates, Rancho Mirage, CA

City of La Quinta, La Quinta , CA

Festival of Arts, Laguna Beach, CA

Sizzler Corporation

McDonalds Corporation

Gateway Corporation

Doug Dolezal, Rancho Santa Fe


2013   Private Studio Art Painting and Drawing Instructor

1997- 2013 Plein Air Painiting Workshop Leader

2000- 2002 Instructor in Landscape Painting, Irvine Valley College,  Irvine,CA