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Jacqueline Koehler

February 14, 2018


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Everywhere I look, there always seems to be something that wants to be painted.
Some of the things that inspire me are the gradations of mountains, hills and trees; flowers, with their wonderful shapes and bright colors; and the sea with its ever changing tones, values, moods and movements. A foggy day that evokes great mystery as it tries to hide color and shape, but in doing so it creates a softness and simplification of what we see. Or when the sun breaks through and reveals what the fog strives so hard to conceal; the treasure of color, warmth, shadows, contrast and detail.

I enjoy working in all the traditional media, oils, watercolors, pastels, etc. but I now paint many of my pictures in the computer. I like to feel that I’m bringing “fine art” to the computer, as the computer introduces a new age of art to me. It is an exhilarating, challenging creative tool and offers a fantastic aid to exploring the infinite variations possible to create art

Art for me has been a life long adventure, but seriously got my attention in 1966 when I won a prestigious Honorable Mention from the Society of Western Artists’ exhibition in
San Francisco’s M. H. De Young Museum. I have received other awards over the years ranging from Honorable Mentions to Best in Show, but that’s the one that got me started.
Jade Fon was my most inspirational teacher. He taught me to see, gave me the fundamentals and a philosophy, so I could teach myself (and an on going pursuit it is). I’m not sure if art can be taught, I feel that learning is in the doing, the experimentation, and the experience.

I am a member of The Sebastopol Center of the Arts, The Bodega Bay Allied Artists, and The Artist Workshop of Western Sonoma Co. and currently serving as its’ President. I am also a member of the PCUGR, which is a computers user group in Santa Rosa.

My husband Carl and I live, play and work in Bodega Bay. Carl fishes our 38’ commercial boat the “Rosella” for salmon. Carl is also a master woodworker we really enjoy working together in our new home (which overlooks the bay) as we designed and built it to include studio and workshop.