Art inspired by Nature

Paintings in acrylic and oil by Ontario artist Sylvia Kerschl.


The Artist

I am inspired by what surrounds me in the natural vistas of my environment. I am very textural with my paintings as I am drawn to nature in those forms such as the angular strength of rock, the misshapen beauty of trees and the softness of the underbrush on the forest floor. I now draw my inspiration from the Muskoka landscape where I have made my home. The back ponds and streams of Muskoka have always had a strong draw as well. Tumbling broken tree limbs, swamp grasses nurturing wildlife and the dusk and dawn filtering lights creating shadows and depth, all of which influence my artistic voice.

Over time, as I have developed my own style, I attempt to impress images mostly with my palette knife. I believe that could just be impatience on my part, as the knife seems to move more quickly on the canvas! The impressionist group of painters has had a large influence on my love of art.

In this website I present you some pieces that I hope you will enjoy!

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Mist Over Tea Lake Dam - Algonquin 20" x 30" Acrylic

The reference photo was take early one morning when there was a fair amount of fog in the park. I love the moods that it creates. The temperature was only 3C but the colours peeking through the mist were incredible. 

Please feel free to peruse my gallery!

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"In nature, nothing is perfect and everything is perfect." ~ Alice Walker


“Creativity takes courage”
– Henri Matisse


“The first mistake of art is to assume it is serious”
– Lester Bangs


“You use a glass mirror to see your face; you use works of art to see your soul” – George Bernard Shaw


“The artist is nothing without the gift but the gift is nothing without work”
– Emile Zola


“Leave the road, take the trails”
– Pythagoras


“Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you.”
– Frank Lloyd Wright