ABOUT THE ARTIST
Leo Kahl was exposed to not just visual art but creativity and inventiveness in general at an early age. Fascinated by the artistic creations of several older cousins, he was inspired to pursue an education in not only visual art but engineering as well. He would make use of visualization, design and technical skills for the next four decades creatively envisioning and marketing a myriad of commercial and industrial products for many large and small companies.
His love for the visual arts however grew increasingly throughout his life. Working first in acrylics then oil paint, he created countless works depicting quiet moments of his family and friends on ambitiously large canvases.
At age 55, he began to experiment with watercolor to expedite some small projects. He quickly came to realize that the attributes of watercolor, namely spontaneity, unpredictability and simplicity, mirrored his own personality in a way that other mediums had not and could not.
Always fascinated by the effects of light upon the world, he discovered watercolor's unparalleled ability to simulate this phenomena.
Extensive study of watercolor, including its history, chemistry and various application styles by artists across the world, fueled his new found passion for the medium.
His journey into the world of watercolor and art is now part of his DNA. He strives first and foremost to capture the mood and ambiance of his subjects. His work always includes elements of mystery, story and romance.
His interests do not lie solely in watercolor however. He also enjoys creating large, canvas scenes of Delmarva's plentiful landscapes and wildlife utilizing modern acrylic pigments. The rapid drying nature of acrylic paints allows him to work quickly and spontaneously, producing high contrast, richly textured romantic scenes.
His artistic objectives are to always capture the abstract beauty of light and the honest essence of his subjects. Leo lives and works in the Bethany Beach, southern Delaware area with his wife Robin, 3 cats and his dog/pal, Wyeth.