Ralph Oberg grew up hiking, camping, hunting and climbing in the high mountain wilderness of Colorado. His love of the wild country and the animals that live there has directed his life choices and is the reason he is an artist today. Ralph began painting birds and mammals during the 1970’s and 80’s, and for a dozen years in mid-career, he focused almost exclusively on plein air landscapes. Oberg now travels extensively, sketching and photographing on-site and producing larger works in his studio in Montrose, CO where he and his wife, painter Shirley Novak, live within sight of his beloved San Juan Mountains.
Oberg’s work can be seen at the Buffalo Bill Historical Center in Cody, WY and at the House of Representatives Chambers of the Colorado State Capitol in Denver, as well as in numerous private and corporate collections. His works have been included in exhibits at the Autry National Center in Los Angeles, CA; the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City; the Eiteljorg Museum in Indianapolis IN; and the National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson, WY.
His work has appeared in Art of the West, SouthwestArt, Wildlife Art and Sporting Classics magazines.