Lewis Karchin Studios
contemporary landscape painter
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Inspiration for art is everywhere, but it's particularly acute in nature. Form and function are found in everyday objects and natural settings.
The shapes, colors, textures of nature, so many different approaches to life - inspire me to be creative in art and in my life. Painting and drawing is a doorway to see more uniquely, and a way to share these visions with the world.

I knew I would be an artist while growing up in Brooklyn, NY. I attended the High School of Art and Design in Manhattan,
and then Pratt Institute School of Art and Architecture in Brooklyn.

After college I worked as a graphic artist in New York then California, where I lived in Berkeley and later Santa Cruz. Highlights include: Art Director at Scholastic, Associate Art Director of Travel and Leisure Magazine, Package Designer at Kraft/General Foods, Creative Director of Runner's World Magazine, Web IU and Interactive Designer at Westmarine.com, Seagate.com, PerfectEscapes.com.

During my graphic art career I always managed to devote time to fine art.
In 2006 I moved back to the east coast and settled in Maryland where I currently reside.

Interpretation and expression

Rather than painting a landscape on a canvas, I aim to express a spirit with a sense of design. In order to capture itís richness, I work on a number of paintings concurrently. This allows me to develop forms, texture, shade and an overall mood with the other works in the series. The continuity of elements deepens the cohesion within the series.

Permanent collection: The Johns Hopkins University Whiting School of Engineering.
Private Collections.