Marion Kahn is an award-winning, contemporary oil painter. Through vivid interpretation, her paintings share the unceasing mystery of the world around her.
As an artist, Marion confidently captures surprising details that draw in the viewer. Her palettes can be soft or bold. She uses color to carry the message of the painting, whether expressing a quiet meditation or exuberant joy. Marion's work is found in the homes of sophisticated collectors around the country as well as healthcare institutions.
"My desire to paint exploded in Sicily when I saw two young artists atop a scaffolding restoring a 400-year-old fresco," says Marion. "I watched, mesmerized and full of questions."
Marion studied with established artists including renowned photorealist painter, Robert Cottingham; abstract painter, Lauren Mantecon, American Impressionists, Kim English, and Barry Thomas; abstract colorist, Casey Klahn, and plein air painters, Jean Perry and Joan Hoffmann.
I speak in color. I offer a joyous journey into a chroma-saturated world on a path of discovery, of the art, myself, and hopefully for the viewer. As an artist, I try to express the truth I see and feel, primarily in oils.
As light filters through elements, I see their reality. But when I imagine the potential of sight or vision on a canvas, I see color. I see what could and may be. At a cellular level, there is color. I’m not repainting the world. I’m just offering a different idea of how things could be.
Painting, for me, is a Zen-like activity. It provides a great deal of peace, even when I’m debating a painting. In the honorable struggle of creation, I remain committed to the discovery and to creating compelling works.
It is my wish that, through my paintings, viewers never find the last idea but rather the ongoing inspiration of possibility that I, too, enjoy.