Ken Carlson Exhibit 2009-2010
Ken Carlson Exhibit
A Personal Vision
12/18/2009 – 04/10/2010
One thing without fail—every fall, I go out to recharge my creative juices. Just being out with the animals, seeing their environment and soaking up the impressions charges me up, and inspires new ideas. I always seek out biologists or guides who can find the animals and point out unique aspects of animal behavior and anatomy.
Over the years, there have been many artists whose work I followed and admired – Bob Kuhn, Carl Rungius and Wilhelm Kuhnert being at the top of the list. But I look at all types of art— many different styles and subjects. For me they all spark ideas—give me inspiration—from the great masters, the impressionists, the abstract artists, and many of my contemporaries—whether they paint landscapes, portraits, still lifes, western history, or any other subject.
Another inspiration is the enthusiasm of my collectors. When I’m sitting at the easel there is an energy that comes from knowing the painting will be appreciated by someone out there. It really spurs me on.
When I go into my studio and start painting—which is every day that I’m at home—all of the influences I’ve talked about are in there with me; the magazine covers and illustrations seen as a kid — the animals in the field the hours of drawing, animal behavior I’ve observed, the cold, windy hours on a mountain top—and there is something else, it is a piece of the whole creative process. It is what makes a painting distinctly the work of each individual artist. Every painting has the artist’s personal vision. I have to see the painting in my mind before I can paint it. It is an ongoing process to develop and evolve as an artist—it happens over time. It is a never ending challenge of solving problems.