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Al Kline

South Texas Watercolor Artist

Artist Statement:

” I think it’s important to cultivate an individual, unique and self-style of painting that you can call your own.  We all gain inspiration from the world in which we live.  I want to excite the viewer and see the beauty that I see in paint.  ”

Biography:

In April 2017, Al Kline began his journey in watercolor painting.  Al was born to Dutch parents in the Netherlands.

Al is a self-taught artist.  As a child, I remember painting and drawing at the age of 5 and continued to exhibit artistic prowess throughout my childhood.

In elementary school, I painted a large (Chalk board sized) mural of a Christmas winter scene and I remember classes coming by to see the mural that Christmas season. My teachers were so supportive in allowing me to be creative in those early years. I do remember that distinctly. My first recollection of using watercolor was in the 3rd grade where I painted an elaborate street scene of homes just off our soccer field.

I took art through elementary and high school and even won some contests. By college, I was studying medicine and got involved in sport. My art supplies were left in some unforgotten place.

The creative passion never really dies in the artist. I channeled much of my artistic gifts into work, surgery and just about every aspect of my life.

Now 40 years later, I’ve rediscovered my lost passion of painting. I chose watercolor as my medium of expression just because it is a challenge. I’m all about challenges.

A few years ago, I started an online magazine featuring many artists that kept me in touch with some of the greatest artists of the world. And then, one day in April 2017, I bought some paints, paper and some cheap brushes and painted an apple.
I posted it to facebook . . . and Gunnar Tryggmo liked it! And so I was off . . .

I’m a surgeon by trade and born in the Netherlands. I now live in Texas, USA. I live on the coast and want to share with you my part of the world, in watercolor!  I come from a family of artists and musicians. I have written poetry, composed music.

In my travels, I have interviewed some famous artists over the years including some famous, contemporary watercolor artists such as Gunnar Tryggmo. I have even cycled with the famous Dutch oil painter, Ewoud de Groot!  My daughter is a very good artist and has given me inspiration.

I now follow and gain inspiration from a number of master watercolor artists from around the world.  I’ve also been fortunate enough to study under them.

I hope you will follow me on this exciting journey! I would be humbled if my work were to inspire another generation of artists in the exciting medium of watercolor.

AWARDS:

2018

Vava Callahan Memorial Award with “Lonely Loco” (Tri Group 54th Annual Art Exibition)

1st Place – 48th Annual Watercolor Society of South Texas for “Dock Inspection”.

Best in Category –  2018 Rockport Art Fest

Selected Acceptance to the 55th Annual Members Show for the Southwestern Watercolor Society

 

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