Mark Hierholzer Colorist

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Welcome to Mark Hierholzer's Web Site!

This site was developed to

• be an art and painting resource for students and artists interested in developing their drawing skills and painting with full color,

• celebrate a nonprofit organization called Art for The Journey whose mission is to provide opportunities to experience the joy of creating art and the relaxation, healing and personal perspective that flows from artistic expression,

• share the legacy of French Impressionism and the work of Henry Hensche, who developed and taught an approach to impressionist color that has inspired and transformed a generation of American artists.

These resources and the instruction I provide are set up to be easily accessable and geared to individual needs and schedules. All materials can be provided. People need bring only their desire to paint and learn.

Feel free to explore and enjoy this site and its resources. Please check Mark's Blog for news and updates!

"I love oil painting and color!"

Mark Hierholzer

For years oil painting was how I created breathing space and perspective in the midst of a busy life. Over time and with the help of many excellent artists and mentors, this precious activity began to produce things of beauty and delight I could share with others.

Today, I have the opportunity to paint and teach as an artist, offering other people the opportunity to enjoy this same discovery and spaciousness.


You can begin to enjoy the world of color and the adventure of learning impressionist oil painting today. I teach classes through a nonprofit called Art for The Journey. Classes are available at my studio in the West End of Richmond and at Art for The Journey's studio at Independence Golf Club in Midlothian. I also teach workshops at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and at other locations around Richmond, Eastern Virginia and Northeastern North Carolina.

All materials are provided unless you choose to bring your own. All you need do is show up. I work with beginners who want to try their hand at oil painting and experienced painters who want to bring more color into their work.

You can read more about my journey as a painter in my artist biography.

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Schedule of Classes

Weekly classes are for two and a half hours. There is enough space for up to ten students with easels. All materials, including paint, easel, canvas, pallet knife and brushes are provided along with refreshments. Monthly full day workshops are held in partnership with the Mattie Arts Center in Swan Quarter, NC. View the full calendar of classes here.

  • Monday afternoon, 1:30 to 4 p.m. at Independence Golf Club.
  • Tuesday evening, 6:30 to 9 p.m. at Mark's West End studio.
  • Third Saturday of each month is a plein air workshop at the Mattie Arts Center in Swan Quarter, NC from 9:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Travel and accommodations can be arranged.
  • Special Sessions arranged with students as available.
  • Summer Camps for children. Learn more here.

Description of Classes

For those beginning with me, we begin with charcoal drawing and then focus on developing a color sense, exploring the color wheel and the way light affects color, painting simple block and ball studies using a technique drawn from French Impressionism and refined by the Cape Art School in Provincetown, MA. Then we focus on areas of particular interest, including portraiture, still life and landscape painting with brushes or palette knives. Full day workshops are held outdoors, weather permitting, and focus on painting in natural sunlight.


Block and Ball Color Study
Student Working on a Color Study

Summary of Information For Students

Below is a brief summary of some of the informational pages for my students. Links to these and many other resources are provided on the Painting Resources page, which is a rich resource for all aspects of our approach to impressionist painting (see above in the navigation area). Students are encouraged to spend time to fully explore it.

Contact Information

  • Mark Hierholzer
  • 804-784-5357 (studio)

Feel free to email me for information.

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