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Artist Paints En Plein Air to Create Vibrant Landscape Scenes Inspired by the Old Masters

Landscape Paintings by Erik Koeppel

Inspired by the Old Masters of landscape painting, Erik Koeppel takes to the great outdoors to capture surrounding nature en plein air. From autumnal forests to majestic mountain scenes in Jackson, New Hampshire, each colorful painting celebrates the beauty of our planet.

“I have sought to discover that highest knowledge of beauty, poetic and philosophical, that has been the common thread between all of the great masters of art,” Koeppel reveals in an artist statement. “I have spent hours staring at the finest masterpieces in museums worldwide in an effort to decipher that meditative effect that distinguishes greatness from proficiency, and have made the creation of that sentiment my central goal as an artist.”

Koeppel’s hard work and attention to detail have certainly paid off. Each of his paintings showcases his ability to capture light and how it interacts with trees, lakes, and rocks. His works transport the viewer into another world—like you could almost step into the canvas and go on an adventure, meandering through the brushstrokes. “It is my belief that to experience the beauty of our existence here in this magnificent landscape is the only way to happiness,” he says. “My intention as an artist is to share that beauty.”

Scroll down to see some of Koeppel’s landscape paintings and find more from his portfolio on Instagram. If you love his artwork, you can purchase your own original painting from his website.

Artist Erik Koeppel celebrates the beauty of nature with his vibrant landscape paintings.

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He’s inspired by the Old Masters painters.

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My Modern Met granted permission to use photos by Erik Koeppel.

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Emma Taggart

Emma Taggart is a Contributing Writer at My Modern Met. Originally from Northern Ireland, she is an artist now based in Berlin. After graduating with a BA in Fashion and Textile Design in 2013, Emma decided to combine her love of art with her passion for writing. Emma has contributed to various art and culture publications, with an aim to promote and share the work of inspiring modern creatives. While she writes every day, she’s also devoted to her own creative outlet—Emma hand-draws illustrations and is currently learning 2D animation.

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