About this artist

An up and coming artist, Mark Boedges has in a short time amassed numerous awards and shown his work in many galleries. Although art was always a part of his life, Mark came to painting in a more serious manner only during, and immediately after, college. Out of high school he attended the University of Kansas where he received a degree in philosophy. But by then the painting bug, and in particular painting plein air, had already taken hold. He went back to school to study Fine Art at the University of Colorado. Preferring a more traditional approach to painting, Mark left the program after two years to study exclusively from nature. Painting plein air had become his sole focus, and it would remain so for several years. Through this study his skills quickly developed. His first show was in 2003 and it was a great success, nearly selling out. But all artists need mentoring, and realizing that in order to further progress he needed guidance, Mark began to seek out other artists and to attend workshops to learn everything he could about his craft; which he continues to do to this day.

Mark has recently received Best in Show at the following shows: American Impressionist Society, Wayne Plein Air, Vermont Plein Air,  Door County Plein Air, and Scottsdale Salon of Fine Art.   Additional accolades include the Joseph Hartley Memorial Award at the prestigious Salmagundi Club in New York City, the Bohnert Memorial Award with the Hudson Valley Art Association,  the Artistic Excellence Award with Southwest Art magazine, and the Grand Prize for Landscape as well as a feature article with International Artist magazine.


  • 2018 ARC Realism Award – OPA National Exhibition
  • 2015 Artists’ Choice – Easton Plein Air
  • 2015 Best in Show – Wayne Plein Air
  • 2015 2nd Place Overall – Plein Air Salon
  • 2015 Best In Show – Dec/Jan Plein Air Salon
  • 2014 Best In Show – American Impressionist Society
  • 2014 Artists’ Choice – Door County Plein Air
  • 2014 Best in Show – Wayne Plein Air
  • 2013 Best in Show – Scottsdale Salon of Fine Art
  • 2013 Best in Show – Vermont Plein Air
  • 2013 Artists’ Choice – Vermont Plein Air
  • 2013 Best in Show – Door County Plein Air
  • 2013 Artists’ Choice – Door County Plein Air
  • 2011 Joseph Hartley Memorial Award – Salmagundi Club
  • 2011 Bohnert Memorial Award – Hudson Valley Art Assoc