Born in Ohio, Carl Bork grew up drawing with the encouragement of friends and family early on. It wasn’t until high school that Carl began drawing from life.
Carl began his training in painting at the Columbus College of Art and Design. The school’s rigorous foundation studies gave him the basis for his drawing and painting ideas. “ At CCAD I learned to follow my heart and paint what moves me most. The school gave me the training to express myself in painting.” The appreciation for the medium and the mood in a painting is important to Carl.
Immediately after graduating he was commissioned to work on 18 paintings for the Westin Great Southern Hotel in Columbus Ohio. Depicting historical scenes of the hotel and Columbus buildings.
Carl also conducted cutting edge interviews with notable artists such as Scott Burdick, Jeremy Lipking, Matt Smith, and Morgan Weistling for the art and entertainment magazine TLC. “I learned a lot from the artists I interviewed, they really inspired me.”
Now Carl lives in Denver, CO painting primarily in oils, his main focus is on figurative and portrait work. “I love painting figures and portraits, whether it’s the expression or how the lighting works, I think there will always be something new to create and say about the subject matter.” He also finds great joy in painting landscapes in the field or in the studio.