Colorful images of synchronized swimmers in pools, surfers at beaches, nostalgic moments captured, coastal flora and fauna… this is the visual language of Artist Marti Koehler. Growing up in SW Florida in the 1970’s, Marti was always at the beach or pool as a kid. These memories of aqua water, sun baked days and balmy nights inspire the artwork in Marti’s collection.
The process of art making for Marti is first about that abstract memory or feeling, and the painting begins as a gestural, colorful exploration. As the painting develops, so does the representation of Marti’s conscious thoughts and personal symbols. The salt and sand textures of Koehler’s memories have inspired her to use a combination of mediums: acrylic and oil paints, ink, and watercolor, pigments, and cold wax is worked on paper, wood, and canvas. “I love to blend mediums to create a layering and a textural history to the work. Often, images of birds, swimmers, divers, beach dwellers, coastal plants and florals appear within the many layers of my paintings and help to convey my inspiration.”
Marti earned a Master’s Degree in Art Education and Art Therapy at Florida State University. She continued her art education in painting and drawing in New York City, and Ashville, NC. Marti teaches art for healing workshops annually and is inspired by the people that she is privileged to meet. Her paintings are in many private collections throughout Florida, the United States and Europe. Marti lives in Naples, Florida with her husband, sculptor Ed Koehler, her son, 3 birds and 2 dogs, Kozi and Hazel.