Mark McDermott


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    Mark McDermott


    Watercolor 15 x 22

     Cais Palafitico da Carrasqueira #1 by Mark McDermott was selected as BoldBrush Award in the November 2019 BoldBrush Painting Competition.



    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 He happily shares a home and studio with his wife, art quilter Cat Larrea.




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