Carol D. Koutnik

I Could Call This Tourmaline, Agave
oil on board

My art is about the delight of experiencing diverse places and cultures. I've had the opportunity to live and visit many parts of this world, to draw and paint the environments and to study the histories. What could be described as recording, is transformed into an emotional response to place, thru color, brushstroke and design.

One of my fondest daydreams while moving around, was the idea that sometime in my life I would be able to settle down and have at least a 15-year-old garden. That dream has come true and during the last several years I have concentrated on painting a home garden, much of which is my own.

In relation to this change of place, I've been curious to understand the results of various mediums on a two-dimensional format. I've experimented with drawing and painting applications on varieties of papers and canvases. As my work continues to evolve, I'm discovering ways to simplify garden shapes in spaces that hint at a full garden landscape thru a more tactile approach.