Mark Granlund

Artist’s Statement

Mr. Granlund received his Masters degree in painting and drawing from Brooklyn College, Brooklyn, New York in 1990. He then moved back to Minnesota to teach at his alma mater, Bethel College, for a year and a half.

One day in 1993, Mr. Granlund called the local zoo and conservatory and told them they should have an artist to teach courses and paint images of the park. They agreed with him and asked him to come teach classes. From 1994 to 2003 Mr. Granlund was the Arts Program Manager at the Como Park Zoo and Conservatory and established an education department. In this capacity, he coordinated art and gardening classes and programs for adults and children and managed public art projects at the zoo and conservatory.

In 2001, Mr. Granlund established the Botanical Arts and Illustration program at the Como Park Zoo and Conservatory. This program provides botanical arts courses in which students could receive certification and college credit through Concordia University, Saint Paul, MN. Mr. Granlund continues to instruct in this program, teaching beginning drawing, beginning watercolor, and botanicals in pencil, oil and watercolor.

In 2005, Mr. Granlund became the Arts and Gardens Program Coordinator for the City of Saint Paul Department of Parks and Recreation. In this capacity, Mr. Granlund oversees the design, planting and maintenance of the public gardens of Saint Paul, MN. This includes 300 garden beds, 160 planters and 600 hanging baskets. He also oversees the maintenance of the public art collection. His job is to help beautify Saint Paul. In the summer of 2008, Mr. Granlund was responsible for making, and keeping, downtown Saint Paul beautiful and welcoming for the Republican National Convention.

Mr. Granlund has exhibited his work in New York City and throughout the upper Midwest.  His art is in many private and corporate collections in the United States and in Europe.  Mr. Granlund is currently painting, writing and studying to be a caretaker of an island on the U.S./Canadian border.

Mr. Granlund also works by commission for original artwork and has originals, prints, and cards available.

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Images © Mark Grunland


Jack in the Pulpit
Jack in the Pulpit: Watercolor, 22" x 24"
White Iris
White Iris: Watercolor , 10" x 7"
Osteospermum: Watercolor, 25" x 18"
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