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Mark Kelvin Horton: Look Book


Mark Kelvin Horton is known for his unique paintings of Lowcountry landscapes, representing the heart and soul of southern life in each of his pieces. 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 grandiose beauty of billowing clouds over marshes, the elegance of an egret in flight or the effect of late light on a working oysterman. His painting, Onward, was chosen as the 2021 Featured Painting for its captivating perspective of a cloudy sky hanging over Charleston’s iconic waterways.

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Mark  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 Mark to view and study firsthand the seemingly endless number of masterworks of art in the city’s museums and galleries. He became particularly fascinated with the works of George Inness, Herman Herzog, Frederick Church and the tonalist photographer, Edward Steichen as well as the romantic landscapes of the Hudson River School painters. The experience had a profound effect on his artistic development.

During Mark’s years working as an artistic director and designer, he continued to nurture his “fine art side”, drawing, sketching and painting whenever he had the opportunity. But in early 2001 he 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. See more here.


For the first time in its history, SEWE offered the 2021 Featured Painting, Onward by Mark Kelvin Horton, through an intent-to-purchase process that allowed prospective buyers from across the country an opportunity to own a beautiful work of art and piece of SEWE history.  On Thursday, February 11, a name was drawn from collectors who chose to commit to the purchase. The buyer, from Charleston, South Carolina, has been notified and has had great interest in the Featured Painting since its announcement.

For those located in the Charleston area, we welcome you to view the painting in-person at Horton Hayes Fine Art, located at 12 Queen Street in downtown Charleston.

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