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.”