Featured Artist December 2021

Emily Kohmann

ARTIST BIOGRAPHY

Emily Kohmann (b.1990) is an American artist- born and raised in Northeast Ohio. The daughter of two creatives, she always knew she was an artist, even as a child. Throughout her life, she found ways to manifest her passion for art -as she focused on building a career, intending to become a lawyer.

After receiving a Bachelor’s degree in Criminology, Emily recognized the creative gap that a career in law could not fill. She married the love of her life and embraced the role of a stay at home Mom, caring for her children and nurturing her family. It was the love she felt while looking at her newborn son’s face that inspired her to start drawing again at the age of 23. Embracing and pursuing her creative passion has magnified the joy and fulfillment in her life and she inspires her family and friends to pursue their interests with intent.

After joining the Canton Artists’ League in 2016, she met and began studying watercolor under Linda Hutchinson, who played a key role in developing her skills and confidence as an artist. Today, she primarily works with oil, using the principles of design and the watercolor foundation instilled in her during her time with Hutchinson.

Emily Kohmann’s work is recognizable by the brushwork in her paintings. More often than not, she paints directly onto the canvas, adjusting the shapes and proportions as the painting develops- with no underdrawings. She has a passion for painting portraits and the human figure and she is deeply inspired by her children- who are featured in much of her work.

instagram: @ekohmannart

website: www.emilykohmann.com

HOW HAS JOINING AN ARTS GROUP HELPED YOU AS AN ARTIST? 

I belong to three local art groups; Canton Artists League, Cuyahoga Valley Art Center, and the Akron Society of Artists. Being a member of several different groups has given me the opportunity to show my work, gain new skills, and be active in both the Akron and Canton art communities.

I would encourage any/every artist to join an Arts Group, regardless of your skill level. Anyone who loves making art can really benefit from joining a group of artists who collaborate, create, and share ideas. It has been a wonderful experience. And I have made some incredible friends along the way, too. 

WHAT WAS THE MOST CHALLENGING ARTWORK YOU HAVE EVER ATTEMPTED AND WHY?

The most challenging artworks I have done are commissions.

Specifically, a commissioned family portrait that took me almost 10 months to complete. I find the pressure of commissions to be a huge challenge. It feels more natural, for me, to paint something that inspires me to paint it. The risk of fear and intimidation showing through in the final work is something that keeps me from taking on a lot of commissions.

Image 1. Emily Kohmann, Natalie, Oil on Canvas, 16″ x 20″, $925

Image 2. Emily Kohmann, At the Twisted Olive, Oil on Canvas, 18″ x 24″, $1,250

Image 3. Emily Kohmann, ‘Me‘, Oil on Canvas, 12″ x 12″, $625

Image 4. Emily Kohmann, Bethany Beach, Watercolor on Paper, 10″ x 14″, $325

Image 5. Emily Kohmann, ‘New Glasses‘, Oil on Canvas, 12″ x 15″, SOLD

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