Artist Cheryl Koen

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Whether it is the poetry of a mustang in gallop or the sublime beauty of the southwestern landscape, Cheryl Koen’s paintings reflect the spirit of the west and its inhabitants. The wide open spaces conveyed in her work is meant to invoke a feeling of nostalgic connection with the wild west and dreams of times past and present.

In a February 2013 preview of Koen’s one woman show the Houston Chronicle writes “Koen’s thick brushwork blends Impressionist and Realist influences-kind of blown-out Frederic Remington style. She paints en plein air, with brilliant colors that convey a high noon sensibility in the Land of Enchantment.”

High key color and dazzling sunlight are trademarks of Koen’s paintings. And many of her works portray movement, in particular her horses moving through water, you can almost hear and feel the splash of the horses hooves as they cross to the other side.
Painting plein air, Koen has developed a sensitivity to the texture and color of beautiful scenery for which New Mexico and Texas hill country are known. From the moodiness of gathering clouds to horses basking in the sun or wading through the Rio Chama, the essence is portrayed on Koen’s canvasses.

In 1998, Koen left a career in real estate to pursue her passion for art. This “leap of faith” has been recorded in the book “What Next? Women Redefining Their Dreams in the Prime of Life” by Rene Pederson, Dallas Morning News. Koen has recently relocated to the Texas hill country and looks forward to pursuing her passion for painting landscapes and figurative work.

She is a member of Plein Air Painters New Mexico, Signature Member of Women Artist of the West, an Associate Member of Oil Painters of America, an Associate Member of the Outdoor Painters Society Southwest and a Member of the American Impressionist Society.

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