Barbara Kramer Gallery

Light, Color, and Nature

Watercolor Landscapes by Jaeohk Cho Keenan







Jaeohk Cho Keenan, who recently relocated to midcoast Maine, is a self-taught watercolor artist who relied on books as her teachers. While learning to paint landscapes she realized that the best time to capture light and color in nature is early morning and late afternoon.

She was able to explore the changes in light and color because, “being out in nature at that time of day coincided with my daily living, going to school and coming back home. I would make line drawings with lots of notations, including the direction of the light that caught my eyes and the mixing of the pigments to convey the colors I was attracted to in the first place.”

Keenan spent a lot of time observing and painting in Yosemite and the coast of California. The watercolors in this exhibit show her talent for using color to capture peacefulness and beauty found in nature.



















About the Gallery:

The Barbara Kramer Gallery at the Belfast Free Library, located on the ground floor, was named in memory of Barbara Kramer who was an ardent supporter of the visual arts in the Midcoast area in the 1980s until her death in 1998. When the library was undergoing a significant expansion in the late 1990s, a group of area residents with the encouragement of the Library Board of Trustees raised funds to create this special exhibition space where art and or other materials relating to the history of the library or Belfast can be displayed.