Passionate Painter Podcast Episode 22: Painter Mark Fehlman on How to Use Design Strategies for Powerful Paintings

Plein Air Painter Mark Fehlman in his studio.I’m happy to bring you an interview with painter Mark Fehlman. I just finished his online course, “Design Strategies for Powerful Paintings”, and got a lot out of it. The instruction is clear and actionable, and Mark has a warm, engaging style that is pleasant to follow along with. You probably know that podcasts and audio instruction get me through my morning workouts, and after my first lesson, I found myself looking forward my the next session on my beast of a step machine. Add THAT Mark’s accomplishments with his course. It doesn’t matter that Mark is primarily plein air and I mostly focus on figurative and portraiture, I’m already applying his strategies to my work. I’m convinced you’ll enjoy hearing Mark’s insights as well.

Mark Fehlman practiced as an architect for 35 years, as the design partner for the San Diego based firm Fehlman LaBarre Architects. Mark is equally comfortable in figurative and landscape subjects that feature strong composition, well-defined value relationships, and vibrant color. He has won numerous awards in various shows, including the “Grand Award” for the Laguna Plein Air Painters Association 2014 Best of Plein Air, First Place in the 2012 Borrego Springs Plein Air Festival, as well as many other awards and recognition. His work has been included in the California Art Club Gold Medal show, the On Location in Malibu show at Pepperdine’s Weisman Museum, the Tejon Ranch show at the Bakersfield Museum of Art, and the Maynard Dixon Country Show in Utah. He is an artist member of the California Art Club and Signature Member of the Laguna Plein Air Painters Association.

Links to items mentioned in the interview

Plein Air Convention and Expo (and Eric Rhodes)

Chromatic Black Oil Paint

Painter Charles Movalli

Painter Emile A. Gruppe

Painter John Asaro

Painter Ray Roberts

Painter Deborah Hughes


2009 Precious Gifts, the Blinn House, California Art Club

2011 California Art Club, Tejon Ranch, The Old Mill in San Marino

2011 California Art Club, Tejon Ranch exhibition @ Bakersfield Museum of Art

2012-15 California Art Club Gold Medal Show

2012 California Art Club, Malibu On-Location, at Pepperdine University, Weisman Museum

2012 California Art Club, California Coast, The Old Mill in San Marino

2012 The Fine Art Collaborative Show, Randy Higbee Gallery

2014 LPAPA, Best of Plein Air, “Grand Prize Award”

2015 California Art Club, "Romance of Europe"

2015 California Art Club, "Landscapes of the West II"

2015 LPAPA “California Impressionism: Plein Air Painting Past & Present”


2007 Torrey Pines Plein Air Invitational, San Diego, Ca.

2009 San Clemente Art Festival, Quick Draw, "Fourth Place"

2010 San Clemente Art Festival, Quick Draw, "Fourth Place"

2011 San Clemente Art Festival, Quick Draw, "Third Place"

2009 North Park Plein Air, California Art Club, "First Place"

2010 thru 2015 Maynard Dixon Country Show

2011 Borrego Plein Air Invitational, “Jurors Award”

2012 Borrego Plein Air Invitational, “First Place”

2013, 14& 18 Laguna Invitational Plein Air Art Festival

2013 & 14 "Just Plein Fun" Invitational D.Huse Gallery “Honorable Mention”

2015 Forgotten Coast Plein Air Festival Apalachicola, Florida

2015 Maynard Dixon Camp Out

2017 &2018 "Just Plein Fun" Quick Draw Balboa Island "First Place"

2017 Maui Plein Air Painting Invitational


California Art Club, Artist Member

Laguna Plein Air Painters Association, Signature Member

Mark's online course

Design Strategy for Powerful Paintings

Contact Mark

Email Mark Fehlman:

Mark's Studio:
1824 Altura Pl
San Diego, CA
92103 United States