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.