Robert Eberle, Indiana Impressionist
An Indianapolis native, he has been a professional artist for sixteen years. His landscapes have won top awards in every major Indiana art competition, including “Best of Show” at the prestigious Hoosier Salon. He has also won major awards at the seven-state Southside Art League Regional Exhibitions, the Indiana Artist Club shows, the “First Brush of Spring” paint outs in New Harmony, the Indiana Heritage Arts annual exhibitions, the Richmond Art Museum exhibitions, the Will Vawter annual competitions and “Irvington Presents” at the Bona Thompson Center in Indianapolis.
In 2007 and again in 2008 Eberle was one of 30 artists in the nation invited to participate in the Door County Wisconsin Plein Air Festival to benefit the Peninsula Art School. In 2006 he was selected as one of fifteen artists in Indiana to participate in a project with Central Indiana Land Trust to create works of Trust properties, commemorating public lands. Sales of the paintings provided funds to help preserve other parcels of land for future generations. In 2004 he was one of only 30 artists nationwide to be invited to participate in the Arizona-Sonora Desert paint out in Tucson.
A plein air and studio oil painter, Eberle has studied under C.W. Mundy, Matt Smith, Kevin Macpherson, David Leffel, Carolyn Anderson, David Hettinger, Joseph Mendez, Ken Auster and Ted Goerschner. He has attended John Herron School of Art, Scottsdale Art School and the Indianapolis Art Center.
Eberle is one of the founding members of the Indiana Plein Air Painters Association and is featured in the book Painting Indiana: Portraits of Indiana’s 92 Counties published by Indiana University Press. His work is also included in the book Indiana Artists of the 21st Century.
Eberle is led to make art by the desire to capture the earth’s disappearing beauty and to express his spiritual growth both through the act of creation. He is constantly looking for fulfilling ways of using his life and his talent. “You absorb influence from some people and reflect it back to others, like the sun,” he says. What he learns is meaningless unless he is able to pass it on. Eberle’s philosophy is much like that of another painter, Sir Winston Churchill, who said, “You make a living by what you get; you make a life by what you give.” Now a sought-after workshop instructor, Eberle enjoys sharing his knowledge with his students and peers.
Eberle’s works are held by public and corporate institutions as well as private individuals, including the private collections of two Indiana governors and several corporate executives. They may be seen at libraries and educational institutions throughout Indiana.
Information provided by the artist.