Nature always provides harmonious palettes in the colors of the shells, plants and animals that decorate the coastline.  Artist Marti Koehler's study of these natural elements are a nod to the beauty that surrounds her in her tropical environment.  During her walks on the beaches of Southwest Florida, Koehler collects interesting coastal fodder to act as the inspiration for her still-life paintings.  Shells, seaweed, feathers,and random discarded objects all create a colloge of things that evidence our current time on the planet.  Koehler's study of inanimate objects is a soothing exercise in capturing the beauty in overlooked items, and is a practice in honing her daily vision to be grateful for the little things in life.  This 14" X 11" acrylic on linen painting is framed in a white floater frame that is 1 inch deep.  It is wired and ready to hang on a wall.  

Marti Koehler Coastal Still Life 14x11" beach fodder coastal nature feathers

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    I grew up in Naples, Florida in the early 1970’s.  My work as an artist is inspired by early days swimming in pools and at the beach, as we grew crispy in the sun and smelled of chlorine and salt into the balmy evenings.  I remember I was always in or around the water, which served to wash away my cares and worries then and inspires and soothes even now.  The colorful images of swimmers in pools, divers, surfers and sunbathers at beaches, captured nostalgic moments and coastal flora and fauna, have become my visual language. I was raised by two intellectuals, a lawyer and a nurse. Practical thinking led me to study Psychology. Since art was always an outlet for me, I combined art and psychology for a Master’s Degree in Art Education and Art Therapy at Florida State University. Working as an Art Therapist for 18 years after that, I helped many people tell their stories through the making of art. During this time, my paintings began to include a combination of texture and storytelling.  Later, a career shift to mural making and decorative painting influenced my art practice.  Larger format subjects and succulent textures were a vehicle for me to convey mood and atmosphere, and to express my own perceptions of the human experience in my paintings. I live and work in Naples, Florida with my husband, artist Ed Koehler, my son and 2 dogs.  If you would like to contact me for more information or a visit to my studio space please email me:


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