Carrie Kohles


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Artist Name: Carrie Kohles
Show Location: Bozeman
Booth Number: #2 & 3

 

Business Name: Carrie Kohles Fine Art
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AS AN ARTIST LIVING IN MONTANA, I HAVE NEVER HAD A SHORTAGE OF INSPIRATION, BECAUSE, AS MOST MONTANANS ALREADY KNOW, MONTANA IS PURE MAGIC.  IT IS, IN SOME WAYS, MYSTICAL AND UNKNOWABLE AND HAS TAUGHT ME THAT THERE IS AN ELUSIVE MAGIC TO LIFE THAT SITS JUST BELOW THE SURFACE, A BALANCE BETWEEN RANDOM CHANCE AND GRAND DESIGN.  IT CAN ONLY BE SEEN WHEN THE MIND IS QUIET AND AT PEACE.  IT IS THE ESSENCE OF THIS MAGIC THAT RESIDES AT THE CORE OF MY WORK, AND THE SPIRIT OF THE SUBJECT OR LANDSCAPE THAT DEFINES THE BRUSH STROKES AND COLORS I USE.

WHEN  I WAS A YOUNG ARTIST, MY INSPIRATIONS WERE WESTERN ARTISTS AND ILLUSTRATORS, ESPECIALLY CHARLIE RUSSELL.  I WOULD STUDY HIS WORK AND POUR OVER HIS BOOKS OF ART FOR HOURS AND THEN CHALLENGE MYSELF TO RENDER FORMS AS ACCURATELY AS POSSIBLE.  AS I GREW OLDER, REALISM BECAME LESS IMPORTANT THAN REPRESENTING THE ESSENCE OF WHAT I WAS SEEING IN MY MIND’S EYE; A DRAMATIC STOP-MOTION VIEW THAT IS A COMBINATION OF REALITY AND MAGIC.

THE QUEST TO PORTRAY THIS MAGIC IN MY ART LED TO MY DEEP LOVE OF THE PHILOSOPHIES, PRINCIPLES, AND TECHNIQUES OF CHINESE INK PAINTING.  THE FOUNDATIONS OF CHINESE INK PAINTING; THE BALANCE OF OPPOSITES, INTERCONNECTEDNESS OF ALL THINGS, MYSTICISM, AND THE SPIRIT OF THE SUBJECT; FASCINATED ME, AND I SOUGHT TO USE THESE PRINCIPLES IN MY WORK. CONSEQUENTLY, MY PAINTINGS EVOLVED INTO A COMBINATION OF WESTERN REALISM AND THE SIMPLISTIC DESIGN AND MYSTICISM OF THE FAR EAST.

THESE TWO OPPOSING ART STYLES ALSO LED ME TO THE MEDIUMS THAT I CREATE MY WORK WITH; ACRYLIC AND CHINESE INK.  I CONSIDER ACRYLICS MY FOUNDATION, THEY ARE VERSATILE, EASY TO WORK WITH AND THEY LAYER WELL, BUT I LOVE INK.  INK HAS ITS OWN KIND OF MAGIC; IT HAS ITS OWN PLAN.  WHEN WORKING VERY WET, IT BLEEDS, THE RESULTS ARE SOMETIMES UNPREDICTABLE, AND THERE IS A CHAOS THAT CAN BARELY BE CONTROLLED. BUT, IN THIS CHAOS IS A BEAUTY.  WHAT WOULD NORMALLY BE VIEWED AS MISTAKES ARE VIEWED AS OPPORTUNITIES.  THOSE OPPORTUNITIES ARE WHAT MAKE EACH PAINTING UNIQUE, NO ONE PAINTING IS THE SAME.  EACH PAINTING FROM START TO FINISH IS A COMBINATION OF PLANNING AND INTUITION THAT EVOLVES FROM A VERY BASIC IDEA TO A RESULT THAT ENDS UP AS A PLEASANT SURPRISE.

MY WORK PROCESS IS LIKE MY LIFE PHILOSOPHY; SOMETIMES THERE ARE BLOCKS AND SNAGS AND THINGS DON’T GO THE WAY YOU WANT THEM TO, BUT IF YOU JUST LET GO AND HAVE SOME FAITH YOU’LL END UP PLEASANTLY SURPRISED.