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Mark Kerckhoff, Landscape Painter


Mark Kerckhoff – Resume

"I have long admired Mark Kerckhoff for his excellent paintings.

 They show his superb ability to draw, his solidity of form and perspective, and most of all his unfailing facility with color.

 His paintings are always characterized by a unique and convincing sense of outdoor light, and like few other artists, he succeeds at producing the true effect of the fluidity of natural light."


Jean Stern, Director emeritus – Irvine Museum


          California State University Long Beach, School of Fine Arts

           California State University Fullerton, School of Fine Arts

           Saddleback Junior College A.A. Degree, 1980       

Exhibitions and Award

2024   Group Show

            First Place, Borrego Springs Plein Air Invitational

            Borrego Art Institute, Borrego Springs, CA      

2024   Group Show

            “The Painted Desert” William N. Marks Center, College of the Desert, Palm Desert, CA

1985-2024   Group Show

           Festival of Arts, Laguna Beach, California

2020   Group Show

          “22 Miles: Ojai Valley Landscapes”, group show

            Ojai Valley Museum, Ojai, California


2015 Group Show

          “Sunshine and Shadow the Tradition of Plein Air Painting, The Irvine Museum

            Irvine, California

2015   One Man Show

            Marcia Burtt Gallery, Santa Barbara, California

2012     "State of the Art", group show

               Marcia Burtt Gallery, Santa Barbara, California

2010    Group Show

             Marcia Burtt Gallery, Santa Barbara, California

2010    Plein Air Landscape Competition, San Luis Obispo Art Museum

             San Luis Obispo, CA.  Best in Show Award

2010    Glenna Hartmann Invitational

              Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History

              Santa Barbara, California- Artists Choice Award

2009   Abstract Realism , The Ray Graham Collection

             The Dahl, Rapid City, South Dakota

2009    Borrego Desert Landscape Painters Invitional

              Best of Show Award and Artist Choice Award

2008     Borrego Desert Landscape  Painters Invitational

               Artist Choice Award and Third Place

2006   Plein Air Invitational- Crystal Cove Alliance

             Best of Show and Purchase Award

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

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

2003    Plein Air 2003- Arizona- Sonora Desert Museum

              Tucson, Arizona.  Honorable Mention

2002    Faculty Exhibition- Irvine Valley College

              Irvine, California

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

2000   Collectors Choice- Art Institute of Southern California

             Laguna Beach, CA

1999     Plein Air Painting Competition- Laguna Art Museum

             Laguna Beach,  CA- Silver Medal

1998     Focus VII Orange County Artists, John Wayne Airport

1984     Saddleback College Gallery, Mission Viejo, CA

1981     Saddleback College Gallery, Mission Viejo, CA

            Best 2 Dimensional Award        

1980     Saddleback College Student Scholarship

1980     Laguna Beach Festival of Arts Student Scholarship



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

Sizzler Corporation

McDonalds Corporation

Sony Music

Gateway Corporation



1997- 2024 - Landscape Painting Workshop Leader

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

2015-            Tarbut V’Torah School