Mark A. Hierholzer, Colorist - Artist Biography

From childhood, I have had an interest in drawing and developed a portfolio of pencil and charcoal drawings from life by the time I was twelve. Thirteen years ago I began oil painting and have become a passionate and active impressionist oil painter. My subjects span a broad area of interests including figure painting, architecture, still life, landscapes and seascapes, with a special interest in fishing boats and water scenes.

I have lived in Richmond, Virginia, for 30 years and spend much of my “art time” at a second studio along the inner banks of North Carolina in Swan Quarter, a small fishing village that sits on Pamlico Sound (  Swan Quarter is surrounded by protected wildlife refuges like Lake Mattamuskeet ( and pristine wetlands, and offers an endless array of stunning plein air landscape painting opportunities.

Impressionist Approach to Painting

In my art I reflect the work of both local and national artists with whom I have studied, including Portrait and Landscape Artist David Tanner (, Portrait and Landscape Artist John Silver (, Impressionist Portrait and Landscape Artist Frederick Guess ( and Impressionist Landscape and Portrait painters John Ebersberger ( and Camille Przewodek (

I am a student of the work and artistic approach of Claude Monet and the French Impressionists as taught by American Impressionists Charles Hawthorne and Henry Hensche ( through the Cape School of Art in Provincetown MA (  I’ve been taught by or studied the work of a number of accomplished artists from that school including John Ebersberger, Camille Przewodek, Lois Griffel (, Susan Sarback ( and others.

Where to Find Me

Member the Visual Arts Center of Richmond, the Metro Richmond Artists Association and the North Carolina Arts Council. 
Visit me on facebook and Twitter @mhierholzer.

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