Saturday, November 07, 2015

Neelen Drive House - Wyckoff, NJ

Completed painting.

Oil on linen.

16" x 35"

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Hickory Hill Road House (rear view) - Franklin Lakes, NJ

Completed painting

Oil on linen

8" x 12"

I will be participating in the 5th Annual Holiday Marketplace and Art Show at the Wyckoff YMCA on Saturday, November 14th from 10 AM until 4 PM.

 691 Wyckoff Avenue, Wyckoff, NJ.

Monday, October 12, 2015

Art in The Park 2015 - Paramus, NJ

I won the 1st place blue ribbon in the oil/acrylic category in the 51st annual Art in the Park show yesterday.  I will be showing work at the Bergen County Administration building in Hackensack, NJ for the month of November because of this award.  Thanks to Greg Lucente for everything!  It was a great day meeting other talented artists, judges and everyone who came out for the show.

First stage of underpainting complete on the rear view of the Hickory Hill Road house in Franklin Lakes, NJ.

Tuesday, October 06, 2015

Hickory Hill Road House (front view) - Franklin Lakes, NJ

Completed painting.

Oil on linen.

8" x 12"

Sunday, October 04, 2015

M K M Machine Company - Little Ferry, NJ

Completed painting.

Oil on linen.

11" x 19"

I will be participating in the 51st annual Art in the Park show this Sunday, October 11.  Hope to see some of you there.  I'm also showing paintings at Englewood Medical Center for the Art of Healing show once again later this month, and I will be having one-person shows at Bergen PAC in Englewood and at the Wyckoff YMCA in the next few months.  I will post specific dates soon.

Tuesday, September 08, 2015

Russell Avenue House - Wyckoff, NJ

Completed painting.

Oil on linen.

15" x 35"


I entered a contest this summer through Michael's Art Stores, and just found out that I was chosen as a semi-finalist winner. I will receive a small cash prize of $200, which will feed my current book buying habit nicely.

I also just found out that I will be participating in the Art Of Healing show again at Englewood Medical Center here in NJ. Opens on October 25, 2015 and will run until July 31, 2016. I really like the idea of this show, which gives some joy to patients and staff during their stressful days. When the paintings for this show are chosen, I will post them here.

Thursday, August 06, 2015

Russell Avenue House - Wyckoff, NJ

First stage of underpainting complete.

Here is the article in today's Wyckoff Suburban News.


Friday, July 31, 2015

Burnside Place House - Wayne, NJ

Completed painting

Oil on panel

5" x 7"

There will be an amazing art installation projected on the Empire State Building tomorrow night from 9pm until midnight, that I will be seeing while riding the bicycle in the city.  Should be incredible.

My article in the Suburban News was pushed back until August 6th.  I will post it whenever it gets published.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Burnside Place House - Wayne, NJ

First stage of underpainting complete.

The Wyckoff Suburban News article will be published in the July 29th edition, and I'm told may be picked up by close to 40 other NJ newspapers.

I'm thinking of writing a book on my life as an artist.  Here is a bit of what I have written so far.  Excuse any typos or errors, I type fast.


I began my artistic journey as a boy with a gift for drawing and a passion for light and color.  I remember vividly at a very young age that I could look at objects in my Grandmother’s home, which were quite ornate and beautiful and draw them very realistically with colored pencils and crayons on paper.  I would stare into Christmas ornaments hanging from the tree with my nose pressed up against them, marveling and completely transfixed by the way the surrounding room appeared as a curved,  differently colored and distorted reflection in each one.  It was fascinating to me and has stayed with me ever since.  I remember fondly the feeling of pride, accomplishment and satisfaction whenever I would finish a drawing or painting in elementary school at my little desk, with all of my classmates gathered around me amazed at what I was creating. 

I continued drawing and painting in college, taking many courses that were offered as electives, that confirmed  my natural abilities in the field of visual arts.  I never once for a moment thought of these classes as a burden or simply as schoolwork, just pure joy and fun.  Upon graduation, I moved to  California and was mesmerized and inspired by the brilliant light  and  beauty of the Pacific coast.  It was here in Los Angeles, that I embarked on a serious attempt at a career in the fine arts.  I loved the pop-culture iconography of the funky architecture found on the streets of LA, and started painting after work and on weekends in earnest.  The West Coast had a tremendously profound effect upon me and it was at this time that I realized that painting was my true calling.  I returned to New York a few years later to enroll in the prestigious Art Students’ League on 57th Street in Manhattan to take classes and study with some of the finest artists and teachers working in their respective mediums.  It was not only the interaction between student and Master which guided and influenced my path at this point, but the interplay and exchanges of ideas and intelligence between my fellow students and I.  There is no feeling in the world like being bound together with like-minded  people, having  a common cause and goal of furthering ones education.  I remember the feeling of ecstasy and elation every time I would walk into that storied and hallowed building and get the initial aroma of oil paint and turpentine first thing in the morning.  There was nothing more powerful to get the creative juices flowing than that experience. 

Once I had finished my studies in New York, I returned to my home state of New Jersey to dedicate my life to capturing  the quickly disappearing local landmarks that I grew up with in Bergen County.  To some people these buildings and structures are relics destined for demolition to forge a path for urban gentrification, but to me they are important cultural icons that should be preserved at all costs.  I remember an incident that set me on my current path of the documentation of these charming old places.  I was sitting in my car at a red light, not really thinking of anything in particular, when I happened to glance to my left and saw the Rochelle Park barbershop.  I had never seen this place before or even knew it existed, but I felt an immediate connection to it.  It looked to me like a time capsule that time had forgotten.  It had not changed much since it opened 50 years prior, and I knew instinctively at that very moment that I must document it before it was gone and forgotten forever. 

Over the last 25 years, my work has been included in multiple group and one-person exhibitions and has been purchased by many private collectors.  I have had my work hung at Kerygma Gallery in Ridgewood, New Jersey, Mason-Murer Gallery in Atlanta, Georgia, Plus One Gallery in London, England, Elliot Fouts Gallery in Sacramento, California, Sola Gallery in Provincetown, Massachusetts, Lois Richards Gallery in Greenwich, Connecticut and Westwood Gallery, in Westwood, New Jersey.  My work has been featured in several media outlets including The New York Times, The Bergen Record, Ridgewood NJ  News, Provincetown Arts magazine, (201) magazine, Art in America magazine, The E Jean Carrroll television show and on News 12 NJ television.  I have also has one of my paintings, The Bendix Diner, featured on a billboard in my home state of New Jersey.


As I drive around in the car, whether it is doing mundane chores, dropping the kids off or picking them up from school or going to a travel hockey game. I am always on the look out for the next perfect subject to transform into a painting.  I ride my bicycle around New Jersey and New York City quite frequently with the same goal in mind.  I have a keen eye for observation and compositional structure in nature, and spend countless hours searching for the next historic landmark that may be in danger of disappearing, that I feel I must preserve on canvas.  I imagine in my head what the best time of day or night would be for each subject to reach my ultimate goal of producing a treasured memory in paint for decades to come.  I feel as though I have an obligation to document and record these places for future generations so they may have some idea of how things used to be and how fleeting many things are in our neighborhoods.   Once I find a special subject during my travels, I am ready to begin the process of creating a painting.

I photograph the intended subject from multiple angles and during different times of day when possible, to maximize the effects of light and shadow and to arrive at the best possible composition.  I also sketch the subject on site with either pencils or oil paint to gather more information that will serve me when I return to the studio to begin the final rendition.  I speak with the home owners or business owners and employees when possible as well to get a more personal feeling about their establishments and to make a human connection to the site.  I enjoy having an emotional connection to my physical subjects as well as an understanding of the feelings of pride and passion that these folks have towards their homes and places of work.  I eat at the diners, I get my hair cut at the barbershops and really try to immerse myself in these places that eventually will become painted heirlooms for a lifetime.  All of these support materials are then brought back with me to my studio to begin creating the work of art. 

The next step in the creative process is to decide on the proper dimensions for the painting, whether it is in landscape or portrait format.  I stretch the primed linen canvas over wooden stretcher bars much like one would reupholster a piece of furniture.  I then draw a basic rough sketch of the subject onto the stretched canvas with pencil or charcoal.  I don’t feel that it is necessary to draw much detail in at this early stage, which in turn allows me the freedom to add or delete details with paint and brush during subsequent stages, keeping the painting fresh and spontaneous.  It is also at this juncture of  my creative endeavor that I will spend some time envisioning what the final product will look like. I will meditate over the canvas, going over in my head all aspects of it regarding color temperature, value placement, elegance of line drawing, brush strokes, paint texture, composition and visual poetry.   It is very similar to what an athlete goes through in his or her mind in preparation for competition.  By the time I am ready to touch brush to canvas, I have a fully formed picture in my head of the finished painting.  It is just a matter of execution, work ethic and passion at this point to arrive at my intended final vision for each piece. 

The initial underpainting stage is begun with a thin turpentine wash of oil color to block in all areas of light and dark to set the parameters of the composition.  I keep the brushwork very loose and free at this juncture, knowing that in the following application of paint layers the painting will become increasingly more detailed and focused.  I try to eliminate all the white of the canvas at this stage to more accurately get a sense of color harmony and value structure as the painting moves forward.  This is the same technique that many of the Old Masters used to construct their work.  It is also at this early stage that I start thinking about color relationships regarding warm versus cool color temperature and complementary contrasts.  I utilize opposite colors on the color spectrum wheel while blocking in paint to enhance the feeling of vibration and to optimize the feeling of light and atmosphere.  I paint in all natural elements of the scene with  complementary color schemes and try to use them to my best advantage in the following application of paint layers.  For example, I will underpaint sky and water areas with an orange color which will have the opposite color blue applied over them in the next painting session,  which causes an optical vibration in the viewers’ eye.  Trees, grass and bushes are handled similarly with a red underlayer followed by green overlayers.  Using broken brushwork throughout the painting, I can maximize this vibrating optical effect.  When some of the opposite colors in the underpainting are able to show through the overpainting  in various spots on the canvas, a real feeling of light and space is achieved.  This is how the Impressionists constructed their paintings and is a scientifically proven way to make a flat canvas surface look as though if has depth and distance when the scene is completely painted in. 

As I paint this initial part of the scenery, I am also keenly aware of  the various objects that shall be included in the paintings’ surface texture.  I am mindful  that bricks, stones, mortar, stucco, asphalt, concrete and pavement have to be handled much differently than glass, water, neon or any reflective surfaces.  It is this handling of the paint texture throughout the painting process that makes these works of art look larger than life and not just like a flat architectural rendering with no soul or feeling whatsoever.  

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Lafayette Avenue House - Wyckoff, NJ

Completed painting.

Oil on linen.

10" x 16"

I was interviewed at my studio yesterday by a very nice reporter from The Wyckoff Suburban News for a feature article about my work.  Thanks Rebecca!

The piece will run in the Oakland, Wyckoff, Franklin Lakes, Midland Park, Mahwah, Ramsey and Waldwick versions of the paper as well as online.  When published in the next week or two, I shall post it here.

One last footnote; my run of being mentioned in The New York Times came to an end after 11 weeks in a row.  It was pretty nice opening it for so many weeks and seeing my name in print in that legendary newspaper.

Monday, July 13, 2015

Lafayette Avenue House - Wyckoff, NJ

First stage of underpainting complete.  Very creative mural done by artist Ray Bartkus.

Friday, July 10, 2015

Stonewall Court House (rear view) - Franklin Lakes, NJ

Completed painting.

Oil on linen.

8" x 12"

Tuesday, July 07, 2015

Stonewall Court House (front view) - Franklin Lakes, NJ

Completed painting.

Oil on linen.

8" x 12"

Here is the link for my Kickstarter campaign to do paintings of 15 buildings in Wyckoff that are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  Thanks.


Sunday, July 05, 2015

GOFUNDME campaign

I am trying to raise funds to do a painting of the Vanderbeck house, located in Fair Lawn, NJ via GoFundMe.

This historic home will most likely be demolished by the developer who now owns the property.  The painting will be 8" x 14", and when completed I shall donate it to the Fair Lawn Historical Society.

I will be doing a much larger project via Kickstarter of all 15 buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places that are located in Wyckoff, NJ., very soon.  Those 15 paintings will all be donated to the Township of Wyckoff.

Thanks for taking the time to look and possibly help fund these projects.


Sunday, June 28, 2015

Stonewall Court House - Franklin Lakes, NJ

First stage of underpainting complete on front and back views.

I am waiting to hear if I have been chosen to paint a mural in Hackensack, NJ.  If chosen, I will be painting a very large version of the White Manna hamburger stand and it should look incredible if all goes to plan.


I have been commissioned to do a large painting of one of Wyckoff's grandest homes.  I can't wait to get started on this one.  Here is an aerial view of the home taken by drone.


Sunday, June 21, 2015

Father's Day 2015

My first born son Mark just graduated High School this past week, and I am feeling tremendously proud of him for all he has accomplished and what the future holds for him.

I thought that I would share an absolutely incredible article that I read and is a must read for any Dads in this position.  Very emotional read.  Happy Father's Day to all!!!

Monday, June 15, 2015

"Braemhor" (Ravine Avenue House) - Wyckoff, NJ

Completed painting.

Oil on linen.

10" x 25"

My mural at the Rochelle Park Swim Club was defaced and ruined by some idiot who thought it would look better on a white background after I told him on multiple occasions over the years not to do it.  Not only is this mural destroyed, but my signature has been obliterated completely.  That is an unforgivable act of vandalism that is sickening and generates tremendous sadness, rage and anger in me.  

I painted this out of the kindness of my heart, for no payment whatsoever, and this is the thanks I get.

Friday, May 22, 2015

"Braemhor" (Ravine Avenue House) - Wyckoff, NJ

First stage of underpainting underway.

I have submitted these paintings for the New Jersey State Council on the Arts Individual Artist Fellowship program for 2016.  This organization awards grants between $7000 - $12,000 per artist selected, so I have my fingers crossed that I am chosen.

I have 19 paintings listed on 1stDibs for sale now, as well as 20 on Amazon.

Finally, the press release for the Summit Medical Group show:



WYCKOFF, NJ (May 2015)- “New Jersey & Summit Medical Group, Perfect Together,” an art exhibit showcasing New Jersey-based creators working in various media will feature several paintings from Bergen County painter Mark Oberndorf. 
Oberndorf’s work is renowned for his depiction of local New Jersey landmarks.  The exhibit’s opening will be held at the main campus of Summit Medical Group in Berkeley Heights, New Jersey on May 15th from 5-8PM and will feature live music and artisan goods from the Garden State.  The public is invited to attend.
“I am so pleased to have my work featured in a show like this celebrating the creativity which is thriving in New Jersey today,” says Oberndorf.   The artist’s oil-on-linen works have caught the attention of curators and collectors for their level of detail and distinctive color palette. 
“There is a certain kind of quaintness in New Jersey’s neighborhood landmarks that I try to capture in my work to preserve for future generations.  Shows like this allow citizens throughout the state to relive happy memories of times spent at these special locations,” continues Oberndorf.  The show runs through the fall.
Mark Oberndorf Fine Art

A New Jersey native, Mark Oberndorf’s work is featured in museums and private collections alike.  His work is currently offered at galleries in the United States and Europe and by commission.  His works can be viewed at The Westwood Gallery, in Westwood, NJ, Plus One Gallery in London, The Fritz Behnke Historical Museum in Paramus, NJ, Lambert Castle Museum in Paterson, NJ and The Middlesex County Museum in Piscataway, NJ.

Friday, May 08, 2015

Ferry Heights House - Fair Lawn, NJ

Completed painting.
Oil on linen.
8"x 12"

The opening and reception for the Summit Medical Group show is Friday, May 15 from 5 - 8 PM.

I have a dealer in Boca Raton, FL. who is now listing some of my work on Amazon and

My next commissioned painting is of one of the most beautiful homes in Wyckoff.  I'll be starting on this one tomorrow.  It is located right down the street from my house, and I have been wanting to do a painting of this home since we have been living here.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Ferry Heights House - Fair Lawn, NJ

First stage of underpainting complete.  I will be in tomorrow's New York Times, Metropolitan section.

I have never paid for a pay-per-view event, but I wouldn't miss this epic fight no matter what the cost.

Ed, if you are reading this, your painting is ready for you whenever you have time to pick it up.  Thanks!

Sunday, April 19, 2015

New York Times - NY,NY

I'm in today's New York Times, Metropolitan Section.  This is the 3rd time I have been written about in the Times.

The Star Ledger did a nice article this past week, and there is a mention about the show in the Wyckoff Suburban News.

I had a good bicycle ride in the city yesterday, and noticed that 2 locations that I always wanted to paint have been torn down.  Domino sugar plant in Williamsburg, Brooklyn and the 57th St. garage in Manhattan.  I got snarled at by some Hell's Angels also, so at least some things never change.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Glenwood Road House - Ridgewood, NJ

Completed painting.

8" x 12"

Oil on linen.

I am donating the Schuyler Diner painting to the Middlesex County Museum/Cornelius Low House for their permanent collection after the current show closes as a token of my gratitude for everything they have done.

I do have a secondary reason for donating these paintings to the museums thus far.  I can now say that I am in the permanent collection of 3 different museums.  Maybe I'll donate one to the Met in NY.
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