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 visual art and engineering. He would make use of his visualization, design, and technical skills for the next four decades, envisioning and marketing a myriad of commercial and industrial products for many large and small companies.
His love for the visual arts, however, increasingly grew throughout his life. Working first in acrylics and then oil paint, he created countless works depicting quiet moments of his family and friends on 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 its 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 phenomenon. Extensive study of watercolor, including its history, chemistry, and various application styles by artists across the world fueled his newfound 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.
He also enjoys creating large canvas scenes of Delmarva's colorful landscapes and abundant wildlife, utilizing modern acrylic pigments. The rapid drying nature of acrylic paint 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 is now a full-time professional artist working in the Bethany Beach, Southern Delaware area with his wife Robin, 3 cats, and his dog/pal, Wyeth.
"Ghost Ship" 24 x 18" image 25.5" x 19.5" framed watercolor $595
"Lewes Fishing Trip" 18" x 24" image 19.5" x 25.5" framed watercolor $595
The artwork pictured here is a representation of this artist's work. We aim to display only pieces that are currently in the gallery, though some may have been sold. If you are interested in purchasing a particular piece by this artist, please call the gallery at (302) 645-0551.