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                  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.

                  Ralph Oberg was born in 1950 and raised in Colorado where he spent much of his youth hiking and climbing in the mountain wilderness. A career in art was obvious at an early age. Two years at Colorado State University on an Art Scholarship, vocational training and a brief stint in commercial illustration preceded the 1974 beginning of his art career. After over 10 years of growing success in the Wildlife Art genre he became dissatisfied with his photographic approach and in 1987 began to study with many of the great western plein air landscape painters of today. Ralph and his wife, artist Shirley Novak, now travel extensively in order to paint on location the wild and roadside scenes they love. Upon returning to their Montrose home and studio they produce larger works using these outdoor paintings as reference material.

                  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 Ralph began to support himself with his paintings. Wildlife dominated his interest for over 10 years. Repeated appearances at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Museum’s “Birds in Art” show in the early 80’s 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 the direction of his career. He began to study with some of the contemporary plein air masters of today. For the past decade he has focused on painting the landscape on location as a means of learning the colors and values of the natural 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 natural beauty they find near and far. These sketches are used to develop larger works in their studio and home in SW Colorado. Ralph is a Signature Member of the Plein Air Painters of America.

                  Ralph Oberg received the Weiss Award at the 1988 Buffalo Bill Show in Cody. The award winning work was included in the Buffalo Bill Historical Center’s permanent collection. His work is in the collection of the International Center for Wildlife Art, Gloucester, England . Another large landscape hangs permanently in the House Chambers of the Colorado State Capitol Building. In addition, his work is in numerous private and corporate collections. His works have also been exhibited at the National Museum of Wildlife Art, The Autry National Center, The National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, 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, Wildlife Art News, and Sporting Classics Magazines.

                  -Colorado State University, tuition/fee art scholorship: 1968-1970
                  -Seible School of Drafting, Denver, CO completed two diploma programs in record time with highest GPA to date. 1972-73
                  -Personal Study with bird artist Don Malick, Denver, CO 1978-1986
                  -Bob Kuhn Workshop at Trails End Ranch, Jackson WY, 1983
                  -Scottsdale Artists’ School, Professional workshops attended:
                  1987 -Wayne Wolfe – Outdoor Painting, Scottsdale AZ
                  1989 – Clyde Aspevig – Outdoor Painting, Steamboat Springs CO
                  1993 – Clyde Aspevig – Studio Master Class, Scottsdale AZ
                  -Loveland Academy of Fine Arts workshops, Loveland CO:
                  1996 – Skip Whitcomb – Outdoor Painting
                  1998 – Hollis Williford – Drawing
                  -Len Chmiel Workshop, Outdoor Painting, Bishop CA, 1996
                  -Michael Lynch Workshop, Outdoor Painting, Aspen CO 1996
                  -Ned Jacob, painting horses from life -June 2003
                  -James Reynolds, Art discussions and critiques – 2003 & 2004

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                          During this time of crisis, when our lives are upended daily as new information is available, John Marzolf and the staff at the Broadmoor Galleries want to extend our heartfelt gratitude for your partnership and loyalty.  We are reminded of our strength in the community during this moment and we are truly grateful for our extended family.  We have been contacted by many of our artists, who are also concerned about our current events and they’ve decided to lower their prices during these uncertain times.  We know that as the world seems to stand, still life continues to happen - birthdays, anniversaries, Easter and Mother’s Day all will still occur and these lower prices will ease the strain at this time.  Inquire about specific pieces and Krista or Jamie will let you know the temporality lowered prices.

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                          Gallery Directors
                          Krista Steed

                          Jamie Oberloh

                          John Marzolf
                          Broadmoor Galleries

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