"We've purchased a number of Kimberley Kohan's paintings over the years.
Her style continues to evolve but, because of her deep knowledge of the landscapes she depicts, her works are always sensitive and unique. It has been pleasing to discover that the initial impact of her works has not diminished at over time."
Sharron and Jerry Dickman
Bacchus Marsh, Victoria, Australia
My inspiration is the untamed earth. Throughout the years, I have travelled extensively from the blistering, red reaches of Australia to wildest and iciest corners of the Pacific Northwest.
Because I gather so much subject matter during my travels to remote locations, I almost never sketch or paint on-site. Instead, I rely on my trusty DSLR camera to capture photographs which ignite my creativity. While this affords me the chance to capture a greater quantity of images than sketching or location-painting alone, it also creates an added challenge: I must be a photographer as well as a painter, adjusting my shutter speed, white balance and aperture to best capture any given moment, so that I might bring that perfect instance back to my studio for interpretation.
From the thousands of photos I take, a precious dozen or so are shortlisted to paint. While I am partial to nature scenes, it is most often an unusual angle, contrast, colour or texture that elevates a given image to one of the ‘chosen few.’
When I paint, my aim is not to directly copy the photographs I have taken, but to translate them from one visual language to another. My best works are those which become tangible, tactile; they transport the viewer. My ultimate goal is that one might not simply ‘see’ a painting, but hear, smell, taste and feel a place or a moment in time.
Throughout my travels, one common thread rings true: the more I see, the more I appreciate the importance of conservation. Because my process involves taking the time to truly get to know a region- its history, its people, its eco-system- I have come to appreciate that these wild respites, which seem so far from city life, are not as removed as we think, and they are vanishing faster than we can possibly imagine.