"I paint memorable impressions of life's joys. I view painting as an inspired, personal journey. Beyond oil paint, passion, purpose and hard-work are key ingredients in every painting I create."

Painting Process

I use both direct observation of nature and imagination. To start a painting, I visualize the composition, then let my heart and mind capture a strong sense of light, color harmony, and confident brushwork. My goal is to create timeless works of enduring excellence.


Mark was taught to draw by his mother, Elizabeth Daly and Woodhull Young, a marine painter and curator of the Vanderbilt Museum. More recently, CW Mundy has mentored Mark in oil painting.

Daly's work has been featured in solo and group shows and is in many private and corporate collections, worldwide. He has received prominent awards in national juried art exhibitions. Mark is a member of the American Impressionist Society (Signature Member), Oil Painters of America, the American Society of Marine Artists and the Greenacres Artist Guild. He has studios in Ohio and Maine and travels worldwide to paint.

Mark has been blessed with several God-given talents. Besides painting, he is a composer of original mandolin music and a voting member of the Grammys. He has a business background, is author of Five Steps to Board Success and has served on many business and not-for-profit Boards. Mark has leveraged the wisdom from his musical, business and life experiences to be a better painter.

Mark graduated from Cornell University's College of Arts and Sciences. He has a master's degree from The University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School.


2018 - "Sunny Clouds" juried into the American Impressionist Society's 2018 Impressions Small Works Exhibition (Greenwich House Gallery, Cincinnati, Ohio).

2017 - Southwest Art Publishes article on Mark Daly (Artists to Watch, November 2017 issue): Artists to Watch

2017 - "Manhattan Mood" juried into the American Impressionist Society's 18th National Juried Exhibition (Montgomery-Lee Fine Art, Park City, Utah).

2017 - "Harbor Lights, Camden" won First Place in Oil Painters of America (OPA) Spring 2017 National Showcase Competition: OPA

2017 - "Harbor Lights, Camden" won the Best Nocturne Award in PleinAir Salon's International Art Competition (February - March).

2016 - "Winter Flags" won the Best Building in a Landscape Award in PleinAir Salon's International Art Competition (October-November).

2016 - Cincinnati Art Galleries (CAG) hosted their fourth one-person show of Mark's work, Memorable Impressions. Show review by Jane Durrell published on AEQAI's Website: Review

2015 - “Sunny Day” juried into the American Impressionist Society’s 16th National Juried Exhibition (Trailside Galleries, Scottsdale, Arizona).

2015 - Six paintings published in the book: Stars & Stripes; The American Flag in Contemporary Art (E. Ashley Rooney & Stephanie Standish, Schiffer Publishing, 2015). “Presidential Flags” painting represented on cover: Stars & Stripes

2015 - “Impression: First Night Game” won the Scorer’s Choice Award in The All Star Art Invitational.

2013 - "Flags, President's Day” won the Dickinson Signature Award at the American Impressionist Society's 14th National Juried Exhibition (M Gallery, Charleston, South Carolina).

2013 – "Glory Days" won the Gold Medal (first place) at ViewPoint 45 (national juried exhibition).

2013 - "Silver Mood" won Honorable Mention in Oil Painters of America (OPA) Spring 2013 National Showcase Competition.

2012 - “Ole-Betts-Sea" won the Viewpoint Excellence Award at ViewPoint 44 (national juried exhibition).

2011 – “Lifting Fog” juried into The American Impressionist Society's 12th Annual National Juried Exhibition (Mountainsong Gallery, Carmel, California).

2011 - Exhibited in 100 Years of Art in Cincinnati displaying 100 pieces of art by 100 different artists spanning 100 years (Greenacres Foundation).

2009 - "Orange and Blue" juried into the Oil Painter's of America Eastern Exhibition