Mike Mahon

Mike Mahon

Southwest Art

Mike Mahon holds art workshops throughout the year in the Santa Fe and New Mexico region as well as other select domestic and foreign locations. His signature DiVine SETUP systematic painting and critiquing process helps artists young and old to remember a step-by-step process to work through any problems or blocks, and helps them get from blank canvas to a finished piece they can be proud of, no matter the medium. Click here if you would like to visit Mike’s YouTube Channel to view his demonstration portrait, landscape, and teaching videos. Please subscribe to Mike’s YouTube if you want to be notified when he posts new videos. Mike Mahon is a signature member of the Pastel Society of America (PSA), the American Plains Artists (APA), and the the Pastel Society of New Mexico (PSNM) and the Plein Air Painters of New Mexico (PAPNM). 

           

Biography

Landscape Oil Painter

For more than 40 years, Mike Mahon has captured the essence of the Texas, New Mexico and Santa Fe areas through his landscape paintings and portraits. His works focus on the unusual and off-the-path scenes, catching slice-of-life vignettes in bright and vibrant colors in his impressionist style pastel and oil paintings.

Mahon has studied under several internationally recognized artists, including Ben Konis (pastel and oil), Kim English (oil), Judi Betts (watercolor), John Budicin (oil) and Albert Handell (pastel and oil). He also has past experience in fine art, commercial art and photography, as well as previous work as a film animator, all of which has given him a unique and versatile eye for expressing himself through pastel, oil, acrylic, watercolor and photography.

His vivid colors, realistically capturing the light and shadow of the scenes he paints, have also earned him national and international recognition. Mahon was featured as one of the artists in the 2004 edition of 100 Ways to Paint People and Figures, published by “International Artist Magazine.” Mike has been honored with many first place and Best of Show awards for his work including recently Best of Show at the Plein Air Painters of New Mexico 2014 Santa Fe Paint Out.

He also is a Signature member of the American Plains Artists (APA), Pastel Society of America (PSA), Plein Air Painters of New Mexico (PAPNM) and Pastel Society of New Mexico (PSNM).

• Mike lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico •

“How Did They Paint That? 100 Ways to Paint People & Figures”

This Book by International Artist Magazine features Mike with 99 other artists from all over the world!
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Galleries, Awards, Exhibitions & Memberships

If your initial interest in Mike’s work has been by contact with a gallery representing him
and you are interested in purchasing any of his work, please contact that gallery.


Galleries

Awards, Exhibitions, & Memberships


Honored in 2016 to be juried into 3 national art events-
Santa Fe Plein Air Festival
Pastel Society of New Mexico National Exhibition
Plein Air Painters of New Mexico National Show

2016 Review

Featured Portrait artist for feature movie, “Woman Walks Ahead” – Fall 2016

Provided series of featured oil portraits of leading actor character depicting Famous Portrait of Sitting Bull

Bowers Museum of Cultural Art – Santa Ana, California – May, 2016

    Featured Artist/Speaker – Treasures Program

18th Annual MasterWorks of New Mexico Juried Show – 2016

People’s Choice Award
Villanueva, Oil

Plein Air Painters of New Mexico 2015 Juried Santa Fe Paint Out

3rd Place Award
Desert Sculpture, Pastel

17th Annual MasterWorks of New Mexico Juried Show – 2015

Artisan Award of Excellence
Arroyo Chamisas, Pastel

Enchanted Lands: Celebrating NM Public Lands Juried Exhibition – 2014

Best Pastel Award
Abiquiu Vista

Plein Air Painters of New Mexico 2014 Juried Santa Fe Paint Out

Best of Show – Chama Escarpement, Pastel
3rd Place Quick Draw – Blue Door, Pastel

2014 Cover Artist for Hacienda Magazine – Santa Fe, NM

Delgado Crossroad

Art Exchange Fine Art Gallery – Santa Fe, NM

Featured Artist – July, 2014

16th Annual MasterWorks of New Mexico Juried Show – 2014

2 paintings accepted

Plein Air Painters of New Mexico – Dec., 2013

The Painting Demonstrator for the Annual Meeting

Plein Air Painters of New Mexico 2013 Juried Santa Fe Paint Out

Honorable Mention

15th Annual MasterWorks of New Mexico Juried Show – 2013

1 painting accepted

Plein Air Painters of New Mexico 2012 Juried Santa Fe Paint Out

2 paintings accepted

2012 Outdoor Painters Society (OPS) Member Showcase

Honorable Mention

14th Annual MasterWorks of New Mexico Juried show – 2012

1 painting accepted

Artisan-The Art Suppy Store for the Southwest

2010-2011 Instructor for Artisan, Santa Fe, NM – Art Spot

Albuquerque Journal Newspaper – November 12, 2010 – Albuquerque, New Mexico

Featured Artist in Venue Gallery Guide

The Good American Post – Nov. – Dec. 2010 – Santa Fe, New Mexico

Featured Artist

Art Exchange Gallery – Canyon Road, Santa Fe, New Mexico

Featured Artist – November 2010 – Pastel Autumn Show

19th Annual National Pastel Painting Exhibition – Albuquerque, New Mexico

3 paintings juried in

The Open Space Workshop Series 2010 – Plein Air Painters of New Mexico

Workshop Instructor

2010 American Plains Artists Twenty-Sixth Annual Juried Exhibition

One Painting Juried in

2010 “The Spirit of Place” Plein Air Painters of New Mexico Juried Exhibition

Millicent Roger Museum, Taos, New Mexico
AirFloat Merchant Award

Plein Air Painters of New Mexico-5th Annual Paint Out Exhibition and
Signature Member Exhibit at Wilder Nightingale Fine Arts, Taos, NM, August, 2009

Oil
Pastel
Signature Painting

State Bar of New Mexico, 2009/2010 Bench & Bar Membership Directory

Selected as Cover Artist

State Bar of New Mexico, “Bar Bulletin” January, 2009

Selected as Cover Artist

The Santa Fean Magazine Historic Canyon Road Festival Paint-Out, October 18, 2008

3rd Place Award for oil plein air painting

Pastel Society of New Mexico 17th Annual National Juried Exhibition, Albuquerque, NM, Oct., 2008

2 paintings juried into exhibition

Midland Arts Association Spring National Show, 2008

Museum of the Southwest, Midland, Texas
Jury & Awards Judge

50th Annual Permian Basin Art Exhibit, March 2008

Ellen Noel Art Museum, Odessa, Texas
Jury & Awards Judge

Sand & Sage County Fair, Lamar, Colorado, August, 2007

Art & Photography Awards Judge

American Plains Artists 23rd Annual Juried Exhibit, Sept. 14 – Oct. 7, 2007

Loch Vale Fine Art Gallery, Estes Park, Colorado

Art Exchange Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico, Sept. 21 -Oct. 19, 2007

The Featured Artist

Santa Fe Circle Magazine, Santa Fe, New Mexico

The Cover Artist for the Fall 2007 issue

Arkansas Pastel Society, Little Rock, Arkansas

“Annual Membership Pastel Exhibition,” Garvin Gardens at Hot Springs, AR
November, 2006
Art Awards Judge

Sand & Sage County Fair, Lamar, Colorado, August, 2006

Art & Photography Awards Judge

Weems Gallery, Old Town, Albuquerque, NM

Featured Artist for Month of June, 2006

Fredericksburg Art Gallery Spring Fiesta Show & Sale, Fredericksburg, TX

Featured Artist for Month of April, 2006

Amarillo Fine Arts Assn. “2005 Best of the Southwest” juried show

Best of Show
Tight Rein, Oil 

American Juried Art Salon

Fall 2005 National Juried Exhibition
Award of Excellence

Fine Arts Center of Hot Springs, Arkansas, juried national show,
“Art on the Corner Diamond Exhibit,” September, 2005

Show Awards Judge

XIT Museum, Dalhart, Texas, “Annual XIT Rodeo,” August, 2005

Museum & Rodeo Guest Artist

Red River, New Mexico, “Annual Fine Art & Wine Festival” June 2005

Judge’s Award-Best Artist, First Place
Best Quick Draw Award

Plains Art Association of Plainveiw, Texas Annual Membership Show, May 2005

Show Awards Judge

Visual Arts Society of Texas (VAST), Denton, Texas
“37th Annual Visual Arts Exhibition” April 2005

Loew Cornell Award

Red River, New Mexico, “Annual Fine Art & Wine Festival” June 2004

Peoples’ Choice Award
Judge’s Award-Best Artist, Second Place
Fastest Quick Draw Award
Best Quick Draw Award

International Artist Magazine publication of a 128 page book,
“100 Ways to Paint Portraits and Figures” May, 2004

One of 100 Featured Artist from Arount the World

Taos Society of Portrait Artists, Taos, New Mexico,
“Annual Juried Portrait Exhibition” May-July, 2004

Award of Excellence

Lone Star Pastel Society, Amarillo, Texas “2004 Membership Show” May, 2004

1st Place – Pastel
Honorable Mentions – 2

Pastel Society of America, New York, New York

“31st Annual Juried National Exhibition” September, 2003

Hotel Plaza Real, Santa Fe, New Mexico

4 Solo Shows in 2003

Sheraton Old Town Inn, Albuquerque, New Mexico

Solo Show, October, 2003

“Saddle Baron Magazine”

 2 Issue Series of step-by-step painting demonstrations,
“Art Workshop” 2003

Hotel Plaza Real, Santa Fe, New Mexico, “Shell Vacations Presents”

Solo Show – November, 2002

Pastel Society of America, New York, New York

“30th Annual Juried National Exhibition” September, 2002

Amarillo Fine Arts Assn. “2001 Best of the Southwest Spring Show” May, 2001

1st Place – Pastel
Honorable Mention – Pastel

Lubbock Art Alliance, Lubbock, Texas, “Southeast Meets Southwest,”

2-person show, May, 2001

Midland Community Theatre Gallery, Midland, TX – February, 2001

One Man Show and Guest Artist of the Month

San Antonio Art League Museum, San Antonio, TX – March, 2001

Two Man month long show

Amarillo Fine Arts Assn. “2001 Best of the Southwest Spring Show” May, 2001

1st Place – Pastel
Honorable Mention – Pastel

American Plains Artists “2001 Juried Invitational Art Exhibit” Midland, Texas – May, 2001
Texas Wild Bunch Exhibition – Kerrville, TX – May, 2001
Mike’s painting, “Cañon de Magio” was selected for the cover of the fall issue
of the “Saddle Baron,” a quarterly western life style magazine distributed throughout
16 western states. The Fall issue will also include a feature article about Mahon and his art.
OHMS Gallery – Amarillo, Texas – July, 2000

One Man Show

Armstrong Co. Museum in Claude, TX – July, 2000

Featured Artist of the Month

Amarillo Fine Arts Assn. “2000 Best of the Southwest Spring Show”

1st Place – Oil
3rd Place – Oil

Lubbock Art Association 2000 Membership Show – June, 2000

Honorable Mention – Professional Division – Oil

Arts Assembly of Midland, Texas. “17th Annual Celebration of the Arts” May 19-21, 2000

Honorable Mention – Oil

Plainview, Texas, Plains Art Assn. “April 2000, 40th Annual Spring Show”

1st Place – Pastel
2nd Place – Oil
People’s Choice Award
2 Honorable Mentions – Pastel

PNB Financial – Amarillo/Canyon Coulter Banking Center – March, 2000

3 Man Art Show

Amarillo Fine Arts Assn. “1999 Best of the Southwest Fall Show”

Beck Award for Traditional Realism
3rd Place – Pastel
3rd Place – Oil
2nd Place – Photography

Amarillo Fine Arts Assn. “1999 Spring Membership Show”

Best of Show
1st Place-Watercolor
1st Place-Photography

American Plains Artists “1999 Juried Invitational Art Exhibit” Midland, Texas
Amarillo Fine Arts Assn. “1992 Best of the Southwest Fall Art Show”

2nd Place-Pastel

Amarillo Fine Arts Assn. “1992 Best of the Southwest Fall Art Show”

Honorable Mention-Pastel

Artist Studio Inc. “1992 Annual Art Show” Amarillo, Texas

Award of Excellence-Pastel

Memberships

Portrait Society of America
Signature Member of Pastel Society of America
International Association of Pastel Societies
Signature Member of Pastel Society of New Mexico
Signature Member of Plein Air Painters of New Mexico
Signature Member of American Plains Artists
Member of Outdoor Painters Society

Mike's Home/Studio

6961 Golden Mesa,
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87507

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[email protected]

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Home/Studio: 505-473-1098
Cell: 505-795-4639

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