Artist Mark McDermott

An example of fine art by Mark McDermott

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  • FASO Artist Website: http://markmcdermottart.com/

  • Year Born: 1953

  • Paints in watercolor full time from his studio in Anchorage, Alaska

  • Education and experience in Geophysics informs the choice of favorite subjects: rugged Alaska landscapes, glaciers, and mountains.

  • Arts for the Parks Top 100 Finalist, 2005 & 2006; Watercolor West 'Signature Member' Award 2012

  • Price Range: $80.00 - $1,500.00

The Artist Says:

Landscapes are my first love, and rugged, sculpted mountains are my particular favorite. I am fascinated and intrigued by visualizing earth processes at work and how they create natural landforms and patterns. Combined with the infinite variations of light and shadow, landscapes are a subject for a lifetime of work and study.

I have degrees in Geology & Geophysics and worked for twelve years in remote, mountainous areas of Alaska. This is the basis for my love of the landscape. It is not simply an aesthetic pursuit, it is an appreciation and fascination with the Earth's natural processes at work and on display. I view my understanding of geologic processes and their control of the landscape much as portrait painters view anatomy: it is the structural framework that leads to a fuller understanding of the surface form. Alaska is well suited to my interests and approach: it boasts some of the most stunning landscapes in North America and the relative lack of vegetative cover allows straightforward visualization of earth processes.
Communication of the aesthetic and geologic interpretations of the landscape allow me to express my enjoyment of these natural areas with others. I paint in a realistic style; it is what I enjoy and viewers often find this style approachable. Hopefully the viewer will share my sense of excitement and wonder of the natural world.


Mark grew up on the East Coast of the United States and migrated to Alaska permanently in 1977 after he completed his Master’s Degree in Geophysics at Stanford. He spent 10 years doing field work as a geologist and geophysicist in remote Alaska and then 25 years as an Information Technology Manager for ConocoPhillips in Anchorage. He has been painting full time since 2010.
Mark has been watercolor painting from his home studio since 1980. His favorite subjects are Alaskan landscapes and images captured from his travel and nature photography. He has taken awards in numerous juried shows, including Watercolor Art Society - Houston, Watercolor West, Rocky Mountain National Watermedia, and the Alaska Watercolor Society. His works have been published in the "Splash" series and in Watercolor Artist magazine. He was a 2011 artist-in-residence for Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado, and has a painting in the Park's permanent collection.
Mark now paints full time in Anchorage and travels extensively, recently visiting countries such as Morocco, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Iceland, Greenland, Bhutan, and Antarctica. His outdoor activities include hiking, bicycling, photography, kayaking, and cross country skiing.
Mark is a Signature Member and Webmaster of the Alaska Watercolor Society, a Signature Member of Watercolor West, a Signature Member of the Northwest Watercolor Society,  a Signature Member of Rocky Mountain Watermedia, a Signature Member of the Watercolor USA Honor Society, and a member of Transparent Watercolor Society of America, American Watercolor Society, and National Watercolor Society.
His travel and nature photography can be found online at http://www.markmcdermottphoto.com/. He happily shares a home and studio with his wife, art quilter Cat Larrea.


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