Remembering Morten E. Solberg (1935-2022)


“Evening Song” (watercolor, 11 x 14 in.)

Morten E. Solberg’s interests were many and varied, and they were often reflected in his art. Wildlife, women with parasols, flowers, fisherman, cowboys, sports, and nature provided him with endless colors and shapes with which to design.

“Waiting For The Fog To Lift” (watercolor, 22 x 30 in.)

His work took top awards in many exhibitions, including the American Watercolor Society, the National Watercolor, the Society of Animal Artists and the Arts For The Parks Grand Prize of a  Gold Medal and $25,000. His work is represented in many collections including the Smithsonian Institution, National Gallery of Art, National Academy of Design, The Leigh Yawkey Woodson Museum Of Art, The Dunnegan Museum Of Art, The National World Museum Of Environmental Art,   American Artist MagazineWildlife Art Magazine, National Parks Academy For The Arts, The Wildlife Experience and many private and public collections. The Society Of Animal Artists Established Mort as a “Signature Master Artist” after taking six Medals of Excellence. He also took the Bob Kuhn Award in the Western Visions Invitational Exhibition at the National Wildlife Museum In  Jackson Hole, WY.

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  1. Mort introduced me to watercolor portraiture in 1984: he had traded one of his paintings for 2 portraits of his daughters, Monet and Tauna. We were neighbors in Santa Barbara, California. He was a truly great artist and a really kind and gentle soul. Gray Blacks,

  2. I just learned of Mort’s passing and I am so sad. The world has lost one of its finest, and thankfully we have many extraordinary pieces of art to remember him by. Sincere sympathy goes out to his family.


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