“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 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.”
“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.”
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.
A little video peek inside Rye from artist Ryan Kohler. Click to view.
A little video peek inside Wisteria from artist Ryan Kohler. Click to view.
A little video peek inside Oyster from artist Ryan Kohler. Click to view.