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Ralph Edward Oberg (b. 1950)  Artworks >>

The following is from the artist who was born in Biloxi, Mississippi, raised in Aurora, Colorado, and currently lives in Montrose, Colorado. He attended Colorado State University from 1968 to 1970, and from 1972 to 1973, the Seible School of Drafting in Denver, completing two diploma programs: "The wild mountain country has always been close to Ralph Oberg's heart. An avid mountaineer and wilderness backpacker, he has traveled extensively in the back country of the Western states in search of the pristine landscape and the wildlife that live there. His art career has always focused on his love for the untrammeled country. Raised in colorado the young man always knew he would be an artist. The freedom to move about and enjoy the wonders of the world fit his temperament. After a brief stint in commercial illustration, Oberg began to support himself with his paintings. Wildlife dominated his interest for over 10 years. Repeated appearances at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson "Birds in Art" show in the early 80s' and election to the Society of Animal Artists were high points in his young career. The works of Rungius, Liljefors and Kuhnert inspired his development. Rungius's field sketches pointed out the need for on-the-spot references. So in 1987, Oberg changed horses in mid-stream. He began to study with some of the contemporary plein-air masters of today including Wolfe, Aspevig, Chmiel and Whitcomb. For the past decade he has focused on painting the landscape on location as a means of learning the colors and values of the world, and how to capture a sense of the moment and place. Recently, animal subjects have begun to reappear in Oberg's work, combining his natural drawing ability and accumulated knowledge of animals with a more impressionistic painting technique. Today Ralph and his wife, painter Shirley Novak, sketch the beauty they find near and far and then develop their larger works in their studio and home in Southwest Colorado. Oberg is a Signature Member of the Plein Air Painters of America. Oberg received the Weiss Award at the 1988 Buffalo Bill Show in Cody with the work included in the Buffalo Bill Historical Center's permanent collection. Another large landscape hangs permanently in the House Chambers of the Colorado State Capitol building. In addition his works have been exhibited at the National Museum of Wildlife Art, the LA County Natural History Museum, the Loveland Museum, and the International Center for Wildlife Art in Britain. Feature articles on Oberg's work have appeared in ART OF THE WEST, SOUTHWEST ART, AND WILDLIFE ART NEWS. Source

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