Mark Eberhard2013 Featured Artist
2013 Artwork for Sale
Painting – Oil on Board
24 x 36 inches
Starting at $12,500.00
Silent Bid, Lot #100
Painting – Oil on Board
30 x 24 inches
Starting at $11,000.00
Silent Bid, Lot #101
About the Artist
Mark Eberhard was educated at Yale University, where he earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in graphic design. His paintings have been selected for the prestigious Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum's Birds In Art exhibitions. Collections and commissions include the National Museum of Wildlife Art, Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, and Pebble Hill Plantation in Thomasville, Georgia. He has been featured in numerous publications, including Southwest Art. He is represented in Jackson Hole by Astoria Fine Art Gallery. He currently resides in Terrace Park, Ohio, with his wife, Alice, and two dogs.
What artist inspires you? Why?
Ray Harris-Ching for his technique and approach to painting wildlife; Charley Harper (a fellow Cincinnatian and friend) for his design, humor, wit, and the humanity he brought to the paintings he created. The American Impressionists John Henry Twachtman and William Lathrop. And Bruno Liljefors from Sweden, who in my opinion is the greatest and most inventive animal painter of all time.
How do you come up with an idea for a new piece of artwork?
When contemplating my next painting, there are three directions I might take. First is animal subject matter. I might have seen a red-tailed hawk and want to paint it. I then do my research to make sure I don't put the hawk in an inappropriate environment. Second is environment. I might see a tree limb that is visually interesting and feel I must paint it. In this case I research to determine what bird or animal might be found on that tree limb. Or thirdly, I might see a pileated woodpecker on a walnut tree trunk and want to do an interpretation of that scene. I feel the paintings are already out there in the universe. I have simply been given ability to see them.
Where is the most inspirational place you've visited lately?
My own backyard. Growing up and living in the Midwest has made me look at and appreciate the more commonplace. I've been on safari in Africa, explored the Everglades, experienced the animals and landscape of the West. But when I look out my studio window I don't see lions, alligators, a prairie full of bison, or a majestic mountain range. I see chipmunks! Even though birds might seem commonplace and dull to some people, for me there is incredible variety in their shapes, sizes, and coloring. Having the opportunity to experience and observe the four seasons here in Ohio also gives me unlimited possibilities for paintings. While I certainly do not consider myself a landscape painter, I often incorporate plants, flowers and trees in my paintings.