By Julie Osterman
Growing up on his family’s farm in Nebraska, Mark L. Moseman developed an affinity for farming at an early age. So when he became a full-time pastel artist nine years ago, depicting agrarian people in a dignified way gave Moseman passion for his work. “I wanted to do something that really showed their respect for and connection with the land,” says the artist, who now lives in Kansas City, MO. To obtain fodder for his paintings, Moseman visits nearby farms and attends living history reenactments held at places like the National Agricultural Center & Hall of Fame in Kansas and Living History Farms in Iowa. Here he photographs tractor pulls, threshing, bailing, shelling of corn, and the like and works from these images, as well as from his own sketches and personal experiences, later in his studio.
The artist admires the work of Howard Terpning, Nicolai Fechin, and Frederic Remington, among others. “For studying the figure, you can’t beat Terpning and Fechin,” he says. A signature member of the Pastel Society of America, Moseman is featured in a one-man show, Paintings of My People, at the Great Plains Art Collection, University of Nebraska at Lincoln, through April 5. He is represented by Strecker-Nelson Gallery, Manhattan, KS; G. Stanton Gallery, Dallas, TX; Moseman Studio-Gallery, Kansas City, MO; and www.guild.com.
Featured in “Artists to Watch” March 2004