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September's Mind of the Artist: Ken Bachman

September 3, 2018

This month, we welcome the words and work of painter Ken Bachman. Ken's travels have inspired and influenced his art, and his desire to seek out new subjects keeps his paintings fresh and different. Welcome Ken and thank you for sharing your #CHAWsomeness with us.

I grew up both in this area and Paris France, and have traveled extensively throughout my life. These experiences influence my painting choices of landscape and natural scenes that evoke good memories and energize me. The scenes that intrigue me are not the standard views, but ones unique to each location that I believe will appeal to others as they do to me.  I allow the atmosphere of each setting to dictate my composition and how I paint. Each scene inspires me differently and generates a different response.  

Fall Hike, oil painting

Marsh, oil painting

I have always found great enjoyment and satisfaction in painting. I am drawn to landscapes and scenes of nature where the play of light and shadow in their colors captures the specific moment and creates a special beauty and interest.  This often comes for me when there is a strong contrast of shadow and brighter landscape such as natural light at the end of  a tunnel or seen through a window. I enjoy scenes where man-made structures add their own beauty and enhance our appreciation for the beauty of the natural world that surrounds them. Structures that show their age and imperfections frequently inspire my compositions.  I seek out subjects that are new to me to paint to keep my paintings fresh and different.

Main Fishing Village, oil painting

Baltimore Inner Harbor, oil painting

My paintings have a painterly style, with a delicate touch, sometimes with muted tones, other times much more vibrant, and usually with a calm and pleasing mood.  

My art works may be viewed at my website:

Harbor Workshop, oil painting