Skullerud, Mark

Studio: Skullerud Studio
Community: Whidbey Island
Phone: 360-535-3868
Email: markskullerudfineart@gmail.com
Website: markskullerudfineart.com
Media: painting, drawing

Artist Statement

My earliest memory is the pattern of light and shadow made by the blinds next to my crib. Light has been the author of memorable events ever since: islands of color under street lamps; rainbows formed by the lashes of my nearly closed eyes; the long minutes of a freighter dissolving in sunset; a boy’s first look at the moon through a telescope.

Light has been an instrument of beauty in my life. And painting has been a way to enter the game.

Practicing the craft proved to be more than that of course. Painting is an avenue to accomplishment, personal control and freedom. I find meaning and purpose in making images that have never before seen the light of day.

I am attracted to mystery and discovery. The art ism’s I explored were really personal investigations that left a trail of paint leading to the future, the spirit, the nature of color and the love of place.
All these investigations have been worth my attention for years at a time.

My methods are straightforward – a graphite composition, followed by one or more small color studies, and finally a large painting in oil or acrylic. The process allows an in depth look that begins with complete freedom and becomes more critical as it moves toward completion. It follows a five-step pattern of Discovery, Balancing, Refinement, Production and Invention. I am at heart an explorer whose jungle is the imagination and an inventor and whose factory is the studio.

Biography

Painted professionally for 39 years. Spent several years in each of these disciplines: architectural illustration; science fiction/fantasy; commercial; myth/surreal; impressionism; abstraction.

Current work is Abstract Realism in which some scenes/objects are identifiable; cityscapes of Seattle and Puget Sound. Developed a method, called Undirected Drawing, for creating unexpected graphite compositions.

Gallery Affiliations

Gunnar Nordstrom Gallery in Bellevue WA

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