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Mark Skullerud
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The geography of Seattle and Puget Sound is all about hills, valleys, rivers and waterways.Rather than landmarks, he paints the immensity, distance and space of the regionís topography, as well as its light, textures and flavor.

He sees mountains and urban hills as a performance stage for lighting.They are sculptural like muscles, 3D forms that serve to show off the cloud shadows and sun, the filtered light that changes from moment to moment with the seasons.They are, from a distance, textural.As cloud shadows slip up and over peaks, the textures take on new vibrancy or subtlety that shows in the small color changes washed and rewashed by distance and atmosphere.Skullerud sees a never ending movie that makes this part of the world a place worth living in.

Born and raised in Seattle, hiking the trails and mountains that ring us on both sides and influence his artwork to this day.His earliest art training was in junior high school when his parents hired a girl down the block to instruct me in painting and drawing.He also spent many an afternoon with his art teacher pedaling a clunky one-speed bike up and down the hills of Seattle to do plein aire paintings.

His first job as a professional artist began in 1978 as an architectural illustrator for Walter Dorwin Teague, a national industrial design firm.Four years later he opened the Skullerud Studio.Since that time he has moved through several periods, painting science fiction, surrealism, impressionism and abstraction.

During these phases, the Northwest landscape never left his consciousness.Its restrained colors, atmospheric light and emotional power find expression in his paintings.Add to that the delight of loosely controlled paint, and something gets loose on the canvas.

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Mark Skullerud - Sunset Peak
"Sunset Peak"

Mark Skullerud - Tree Line
"Tree Line"

Mark Skullerud - Winter, East Side
"Winter, East Side"

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Mark Skullerud - Autumn
"Autumn"

Mark Skullerud - Hidden Valley
"Hidden Valley"

Mark Skullerud - Mountain to Sound
"Mountain to Sound"

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Mark Skullerud - Slopes
"Slopes"

Mark Skullerud - Surf
"Surf"

Mark Skullerud - Access Road
"Access Road"

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Mark Skullerud - Foothills
"Foothills"

Mark Skullerud - The Ridge
"The Ridge"

Mark Skullerud - Edge of Ballard
"Edge of Ballard"

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Mark Skullerud - City Bridges
"City Bridges"

Mark Skullerud - Fremont From Newell St. 2
"Fremont From Newell St. 2"

Mark Skullerud - The Clearing - Study
"The Clearing - Study"

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Mark Skullerud - Hill and Dale - Study
"Hill and Dale - Study"

Mark Skullerud - Hidden Valley I - Study
"Hidden Valley I - Study"

Mark Skullerud - Access Road I - Study
"Access Road I - Study"

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Mark Skullerud - City Bridges I - Study
"City Bridges I - Study"

Mark Skullerud - Skagit Valley - Study
"Skagit Valley - Study"

Mark Skullerud - Edge of Ballard II - Study
"Edge of Ballard II - Study"

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Mark Skullerud - Homestead
"Homestead"

Mark Skullerud - Road to Mount Erie
"Road to Mount Erie"

Mark Skullerud - The Inlet
"The Inlet"

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Mark Skullerud - The Stag
"The Stag"

Mark Skullerud - The Point
"The Point"

Mark Skullerud - Downtown from Woodland Park
"Downtown from Woodland Park"

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Mark Skullerud - Downtown from Woodland Park I - Study
"Downtown from Woodland Park I - Study"

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Mark Skullerud - Summer Cabin
"Summer Cabin"

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Mark Skullerud - Summer Cabin 1
"Summer Cabin 1"

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Mark Skullerud - Summer Cabin 2
"Summer Cabin 2"

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Mark Skullerud - Fremont From Newell St. 1
"Fremont From Newell St. 1"

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Mark Skullerud - Aurora Bridge 1
"Aurora Bridge 1"

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Mark Skullerud - Aurora Bridge - Graphite Study
"Aurora Bridge - Graphite Study"

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Mark Skullerud - Front and Main - Graphite Study
"Front and Main - Graphite Study"

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Mark Skullerud - Coupville Festival - Graphite Study
"Coupville Festival - Graphite Study"

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Mark Skullerud - Downtown from Woodland Park - Graphite Study
"Downtown from Woodland Park - Graphite Study"

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Mark Skullerud - Our Town - Graphite Study
"Our Town - Graphite Study"

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Mark Skullerud - Summer Cabin - Graphite Study
"Summer Cabin - Graphite Study"

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Mark Skullerud - Holland Happening - Graphite Study
"Holland Happening - Graphite Study"

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Mark Skullerud - Phinney, East Side - Graphite Study
"Phinney, East Side - Graphite Study"

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Mark Skullerud - Denny Way - Graphite Study
"Denny Way - Graphite Study"

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Mark Skullerud - Foot of Queen Anne - Graphite Study
"Foot of Queen Anne - Graphite Study"

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Mark Skullerud - Ridge Crest - Study
"Ridge Crest - Study"

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Mark Skullerud - Phinney Ridge, East Side
"Phinney Ridge, East Side"

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Mark Skullerud - Phinney Ridge, West Side
"Phinney Ridge, West Side"

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Mark Skullerud - Denny Way
"Denny Way"

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Mark Skullerud - Madison
"Madison"

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Mark Skullerud - Foot of Queen Anne
"Foot of Queen Anne"

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Mark Skullerud - Bremerton Ferry, Coleman Dock
"Bremerton Ferry, Coleman Dock"

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Mark Skullerud - Foot of Queen Anne 1
"Foot of Queen Anne 1"

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Mark Skullerud - Denny Way 2
"Denny Way 2"

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Mark Skullerud - Bremerton Ferry, Coleman Dock 1
"Bremerton Ferry, Coleman Dock 1"

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Mark Skullerud - Denny Way 1
"Denny Way 1"

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Mark Skullerud - Bremerton Ferry, Coleman Dock 2
"Bremerton Ferry, Coleman Dock 2"

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Mark Skullerud - Madison 2
"Madison 2"

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Mark Skullerud - Across the Sound - Study
"Across the Sound - Study"

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Mark Skullerud - Edge of Ballard III - Study
"Edge of Ballard III - Study"

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Mark Skullerud - Edge of Ballard I - Study
"Edge of Ballard I - Study"

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Mark Skullerud - Madison - Graphite Study
"Madison - Graphite Study"

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Mark Skullerud - Bremerton Ferry, Coleman Dock - Graphite Study
"Bremerton Ferry, Coleman Dock - Graphite Study"

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