"Saint Paul artist Mark Granlund received his Masters of Fine Arts from City University of New York at Brooklyn College. His oil paintings on canvas and wood panel explore his own diet and food habits. His art is inspired by many historical genres, including: Dutch Vanitas paintings from the 17th Century, Thomas Hart Benton and Grant Wood compositions of the mid-20th Century, and Cezanne's still lifes. Mark makes his own wood panels and canvases in a workshop connected to his Saint Paul studio. Mark has shown both in group and solo exhibits throughout the Midwest and won First Place in painting at the 2019 Minnesota State Fair. His work is held in private collections in Minnesota, throughout the United States. Since 2016, Mark has been the Public Art Administrator for Metro Transit, overseeing a collection of more than 70 public art pieces. Other than painting, writing and gardening, Mark is an occasional caretaker of an island on the U.S./Canadian border for the Ernest C. Oberholtzer Foundation."