“I am still a painter at heart,” explains Kohler. “I spend a lot of time painting the initial colors, making sure my value structure and color design are as good as possible. I respond to a piece of work a great deal while putting paint on canvas. Some paintings want to be more painterly and loose, and others more graphic.”
“I enjoy revisiting this motif. It almost becomes a form of meditation,” explains Joergensen. “I get lost in tones, values, and layers of pigments. Adding color, then washing off and letting the pigments blend together.”
“I picked words for the titles that are appropriate to the painting in some way based on the subject matter, colors, and shapes,” shares Kohler. “Although I admit, it is sometimes in an abstract way.”
“I have walked the empty beaches from sunrise to sunset in my life in Kennebunkport as well as during my time wandering elsewhere,” Joergensen says. “I hope my viewers can relate to what happens when and where I paint. My paintings offer a little sun bleached in an otherwise busy world.”
“Once I begin with collage elements, the work looks more illustrative,” shares Kohler. “No one uses paper cutouts for realism, and I don’t expect to get that out of it either, so I try to lean into it and use it to my advantage as best I can.”
“Liquid sunshine is a phrase that has lived in my head for months as I have continued to paint for the show,” shares artist Ryan Kohler. “Or maybe the absurd amount of rain we’ve had in May and June is seeping its way into my work, but my instincts have led me to use a lot of vertical strokes in my paintings.”
“I am trying to reimagine my image of Maine Art Hill. It has become so much more than the traditional Maine gallery, and this show has so much more than the classic Mooney sky,” says Craig. “It is by far the most all-encompassing display of my work.”
After an incredibly successful artist reception during the summer of 2022, Falmouth art teacher and Kennebunk local Nancy Goldstone connected with Skowhegan artist Ryan Kohler. The rest, as they say, is history, or in this case, art.
A little video peek inside Storm from artist Ryan Kohler. Click to view.
A little video peek inside Muddiest from artist Ryan Kohler. Click to view.