Memories of John Constable, George Inness, and my Early Days as a Painter
Philip Koch, Deep Forest Pool, oil on panel, 30 x 40", 2011
A lot of my paintings are based on memory, sometimes of a place, other times of just the feeling that a place installed in me.
I was thinking about my love of painting ponds and tiny lakes that are surrounded by deep forests, something I have been drawn to for years. Years ago one afternoon I felt grabbed my nature's mysterious power. It wasn't a dramatic thunderstorm or anything like that, actually the opposite, something that was the very picture of quiet and self assured grace.
Philip Koch, Inland, oil on canvas, 45 x 60" at George Billis Gallery, New York
Philip Koch, Mirror, oil on linen, 36 x 36", 2013