Art inspired by Nature

Paintings in acrylic and oil by Ontario artist Sylvia Kerschl.


The Artist


Through the vibrant and textured landscapes of Canadian Muskoka and Algonquin, I aim to capture the essence of nature's beauty that surrounds me. My paintings, created with a combination of palette knife and brush on canvas, embody a semi-impressionistic style that truly comes to life through the use of impasto and bold colors.

Drawing inspiration from the play of light, textures of the forest, and the striking hues of fall and snow, I am constantly captivated by the emotional connection I have with the scenes I choose to paint. Whether working from a photograph or painting from memory, each piece is a reflection of the deep resonance I feel with the natural world.

As a self-taught artist, my technique is centered on the mastery of palette knife painting, which allows me to bring a unique and dynamic quality to my work. It is through this technique that I am able to convey the depth and energy of the landscapes that inspire me.

Ultimately, my creativity is fueled by emotion, and it is through my art that I seek to communicate the ineffable beauty and spirit of the natural world that surrounds us.

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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. 

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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