New artist joins Del Mar Art Center

Marcus Thorne is the newest addition to the Del Mar Art Center. An accomplished architectural designer and artist, he also teaches Wine and Canvas painting classes at local venues including Mia Francesca at the Del Mar Highlands Town Center.

At DMAC’s Gallery of Fine Art, Thorne’s oil paintings feature contemporary seascapes and landscapes of California.

“My paintings reflect my California lifestyle and the beauty that surrounds me. What I enjoy most about painting is seeing my sketches and vibrant colors transform into unique works of art that remind me of a special time or a memorable place.”

Thorne’s passion for painting began at age 5 when his mother taught him how to paint and fostered his creativity. In his teen years, he was known among friends as “the artist” while he often won art competitions, painted commissioned works, and sold his paintings in galleries. Back then, his small bedroom doubled as his studio.

Then he shifted gears to architecture and after more than 20 years of designing hospitals, office buildings and more, his love for the California coast reignited his passion for painting. He discovered “plein air” outdoor painting, and now his studio is wherever he wants it to be.

Thorne’s most notable architecture project in San Diego is the new Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton, for which he was lead designer. In addition to Marcus Thorne Fine Art (, Thorne also owns and teaches painting classes at Wine and Canvas San Diego (, a mobile art business that offers public and private painting events at local venues, corporate settings and private homes.

The nonprofit DMAC Gallery and its artists are committed to contributing to charitable organizations and to helping the community. The gallery is on the upper level of the Del Mar Plaza.