Growing up in South Florida, artist Marti Koehler has been inspired by the local flora and fauna.  Seagrape trees thrive in coastal areas and these have recently become a focus of Koehler's paintings.  "Seagrape Leaf Akimbo" began as a playful mixed media abstract, using paints, chalk, oil pastel, trowels, palette knives and stamps to explore feelings and ideas.  Shapes emerged in the process and the leaves began to be carved out and defined in this work.  In Marti's study of Seagrape plants, she notices that each branch grows toward the sun the leaves seem akimbo in their organization.  This painting is a nod to the organized chaos of nature and the artist's love of the outdoors.  


This original painting is a diptych- two 20"x20" canvases measuring 20" x 40" in total, and can be hung together or separately.  Each canvas has a hanging device for easy installation on a wall.


Questions?  Text 239-404-8309 or email  I happily create custom work in this theme in a size and scheme of your choice.

"Seagrape Leaf Akimbo" Mixed Media on Canvas, 20" x 40" by Marti Koehler

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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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