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About Mark Granlund


I love nature. Flowers are my chance, as an artist, to play with color and pattern. I work from flowers I grow in my yard, flowers from my neighbor's gardens, flowers at the local conservatory, and flowers I ocassionally gather from a local florist.


I have always been an artist, as long as I can remember. I have always drawn and painted and made things. As a kid, I used to draw scenes of mayhem and awaiting disasters for guys who would bike across a page. In junior high I made my first painting - a dragon. In high school, my art teacher let me develop my own art classes, and in my academic classes I doodled in all my margins instead of taking notes.  I went to college to study art and eventually got my Masters of Fine Art in New York City at Brooklyn College.

I have been painting oil paintings and watercolors ever since. I have taught art for many years, created public art pieces, coordinated programs, organized exhibits and been fortunate enough to sell my work.

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

In 2001, I established the Botanical Arts and Illustration Certification program at the Como Park Zoo and Conservatory.

From 2005 to 2016, I was the Arts and Gardens Program Coordinator for the City of Saint Paul Department of Parks and Recreation. In this capacity, I oversaw the design, planting and maintenance of the public gardens of Saint Paul, MN. This includes 300 garden beds, 160 planters and 500 hanging baskets. I also oversaw the maintenance of the public art collection of 70 statues and sculptures.

Since the fall of 2016, I have been the Public Art Administrator for Metro Transit, overseeing a collection of more than 70 public art pieces.

Other than painting, writing and gardening, I am an ocassional caretaker of an island on the U.S./Canadian border for the Ernest C. Oberholtzer Foundation.

Proceeds from the sales of my landscapes and still lifes support the Ernest C.Oberholtzer Foundation.
Proceeds from my sale of flower art support the Minnesota State Horticulture Society.


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