Week Two of Spring Arrivals 2024 – Bruson, Kohler, and Dunwoodie

Karen Bruson, Ryan Kohler, and Alex Dunwoodie

Week Two of Spring Arrivals

March 18 – 24

Three amazing artists start Week One of Spring Arrivals on Maine Art Hill.  We have a thumbnail of each piece below for you. Click to make it larger. Works from these three artists are available online and at Shows at 5 Chase Hill Road in Kennebunk. Come by or call 207-967-2803. Links to their artist’s pages, where you can see all their work and read more about them.

MARCH 18 – Karen Bruson

My artwork comes from my visual connection with common, everyday objects and places. I am inspired by the way light falls upon a subject, casting rich dark shadows, and I aspire to simplify the nuances within those darks. Starting with a luminous, warm ground, I seek to create a vibration of color by using compliments and deliberately leaving some areas untouched. Painting for me is a life-long journey of observations and a representational translation of my surroundings.

Cottage Morning – 18×24
Puffin, Muffin, and Cupcake – 12×16

Click here to see all of Karen Bruson’s available works.

Click here to read more about Karen Bruson.


MARCH 21 – Ryan Kohler

Representational painting is still the root of what I’m trying to achieve, but to me, the fun lies in finding ways to describe my subjects through expressive gesture and varied mark making.  Recently, mixed media and collage has become a significant element to my work.  Bits of colored paper, maps, album covers, posters, and found materials are collaged to the surface of my paintings, adding an extra physical presence to my work and enriching the viewing experience.  Collaging has become an essential process for me, forcing me to think abstractly and slowing me down more than the painting process would, yielding more interesting and thoughtful decisions. I sometimes describe it as like putting together a jigsaw puzzle, but I get to make my pieces, and they don’t have to fit exactly.  Charmingly incorrect is the result that I typically shoot for, rather than literal and precise. There comes a point where too much detail and obvious overstatement become detrimental to the power of a painting.  Letting edges blur and being ambiguous with brushwork leads to more interesting results.  While painting, I constantly think about this and try to walk away from them when they are in an evocative and unpredictable state.

Drum and Bass – Mixed Media on Canvas 30×48 $3100
Jazz Hands – Mixed Media on Canvas 24×36 $2160
Midnight – Mixed Media on Canvas 12×12 $1000

Click here to see all of Ryan Kohler’s available works.

Click here to read more about Ryan Kohler.

MARCH 23 – Alex Dunwoodie

I’m painting what I love, what grabs my attention and makes me pause. Mornings and evenings are particularly inspirational because colors can be intensified, and light can make the ordinary interesting. Boats, whether for work or play, merge with the seascape. Coastal trees stand out like resolute figures, and I appreciate their determination. In the waterworks, I want to convey the sensation of water, light, and motion. I want to depict a time of day, a sensation, and a moment.

Sun on Oaks – Oil on Board 5×5
Purple Asters – Oil on Board 12×12
Lobster Boat – Oil on Board 4×12

Works from these three artists are available online and at Shows at 5 Chase Hill Road in Kennebunk. Come by or call 207-967-2803.

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