Mark Kelvin Horton
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Mark Kelvin Horton was born and raised in rural North Carolina. After graduating from East Carolina University School of Art in 1983, Horton moved to New York City to begin a career in advertising and design. He carried with him the dream of someday becoming a painter.
Eighteen years of living in New York were spent working as a creative director in various advertising agencies and eventually founding his own design company. Those years also provided an invaluable opportunity for Horton to view firsthand the seemingly endless number of masterworks of art in the city’s museums and galleries. Horton was captivated by the works of George Inness, Herman Herzog, Frederick Church and the tonalist movement as well as the romantic landscapes of the Hudson River School painters.The experience had a profound effect on his artistic development.
During his years working as an artistic director and designer, Horton continued to nurture his “fine art side”, drawing, sketching and painting whenever he had the opportunity. In early 2001 Horton made the decision to devote himself to painting full-time. He left New York City and returned to his southern roots, moving to the Lowcountry of South Carolina.
Whether painting on location or in the studio, Horton is particularly fascinated with the effects of light and weather upon the landscape. He paints beyond a literal interpretation of a scene to portray nature in a way that reflects his own ideas and sensibilities while capturing the spirit, color and changing light of a place.
Horton often travels from his home in Charleston SC to paint and teach across the country and in Europe. He is a member of many national artists organizations including Oil Painters of America, American Impressionist Society and Plein Air Painters of the Southeast. He has been featured in several art publications including Plein Air Magazine and American Art Collector and has won numerous awards. Additionally, he has served as judge for multiple painting competitions. Horton’s work is in hundreds of private, public and corporate collections around the world, including the Art in the Embassies program in Ottawa, Canada and Dakar, Senegal, representing the State of South Carolina.