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 and study firsthand the seemingly endless number of masterworks of art in the city's museums and galleries. Horton become particularly facinated with the works of George Inness, Herman Herzog, Fredrick Church and the tonalist photographer, Edward Steichen. He was also captivated by the realism of John Singer Sargent and Winslow Homer 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 nuture his "fine art side" drawing, sketching and painting whenever he had the opportunity. In early 2001 Horton made the decision to devote himself full-time to painting. He left New York City and returned to his Southern roots, moving to Charleston, South Carolina.
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.
East Carolina University, BFA-Graphic Design, 1983 • Wingate College, 1978-1979 • Studies with Michael Workman, Caroline Anderson and T. Allen Lawson
2010 • Salmagundi Club Non-Member Juried Exhibition • New York, NY
Salon International Show • Greenhouse Gallery, San Antonio, TX
Montgomery Museum Auction • Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Montgomery, AL Autumn Competition • Bucks County Gallery, New Hope, PA 2009 • American Impressionist Society, 10th Annual National Juried Exhibition • Saks Gallery, Denver, CO Time and Place • Horton Hayes Fine Art, Charleston, SC Salon International Show • Greenhouse Gallery, San Antonio, TX Salmagundi Club Non-Member Juried Exhibition • New York, NY High Country, Low Country: Solo Show • Hill House Gallery, The Reserve at Lake Keowee Summer Solstice • Fountainside Gallery, Wilmington, NC The Hunt • City Art Gallery, Greenville, NC
Charleston Fine Art Auction • Charleston, SC 2008 • New Work • City Art Gallery, Greenville, NC Salmagundi Club Non-Member Juried Exhibition • New York, NY Charleston Fine Art Auction • Charleston, SC
Recent Travels/Solo Show • Horton Hayes Fine Art, Charleston, SC
2007 • Lost and Found: Wanderings and Discoveries Along the Carolina Coast • City Art Gallery, Greenville, NC Earth, Sky, Water • Horton Hayes Fine Art, Charleston, SC 2006 • Past Presence: Views of Ireland: Solo Show • Horton Hayes Fine Art, Charleston, SC
HONORS AND AWARDS • American Impressionist Society 10th Annual National Juried Exhibition, 2009 • Salmagundi Club Open Exhibition - Winner: Washington Square Award 2009 • Salon International Artist in Residence, Balsam Mountain Preserve, NC, August 2009 • 2008 Paint the Parks Top 100 • Artist in Residence, Lake Keowee Preserve, SC, December 2008 • 2008 Salmagundi Club Open Exhibition • Artist in Residence, Balsam Mountain Preserve, NC, June 2008 • 2007 Paint America Top 100 • 2007 Paint the Parks Top 100 • Selected to represent South Carolina Artists, Art in Embassies Program for the United States Department of State, US Embassy, Ottawa, Canada
SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY • Garden And Gun Magazine, August 2009 • American Art Collector, November 2009 • Southwest Art, November 2009 • Charleston Style and Design, Winter 2009 • Kiawah Island Legends, 2008 Volume 19/Number 1 • American Art Collector, April 2008 • Charleston Mercury, Spring 2006 • Art and Antiques, October 2005 • Metro Magazine, Raleigh, NC, June 2004 • The Dailey Reflector, Greenville, NC, June 2003 • Post and Courier, Charleston, SC, July 31, 2003 • The Stanly News and Press, February 23, 2002 • The Gallery Guide, Featured Artist, Charleston, SC, Issue 14
PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS • Oil Painters of America • American Society of Marine Artists, Signature Member • Charleston Outdoor Painters Association