Rick Koehler AIA has served the design needs of his clients for the past 41 years; 38 of those years under the banner of Architects Plus, the firm he co-founded in 1979. At the youthful age of 61, he decided to try his hand at becoming an artist.
At the advice of several close friends, both of whom were also artists as well as contractors, he took many classes and workshops. Within 16 months of first picking up a paintbrush, he was accepted as a Signature Member of the prestigious Cincinnati Art Club. He was in love with his new 'sport' as he calls it, and it became a passion that would only grow over time.
In his first juried show, ViewPoint 45, he was awarded the Artists Choice award. At the Hyde Park Art Show in 2016, he was awarded Best of Show for his body of work, among 207 artists. In 2017, Rick was awarded Best of Show at the Leland Plein Air Paint Out among 43 participating artists.
On the path of moving from being a painter to becoming an artist, he was introduced to plein air painting and was immediately consumed. It combined the best of both worlds that brought him immense enjoyment; painting and being in Gods country. Most of Ricks works are produced outside, if the temperature is 45* or more you will find him painting along a stream, a bridge or on the shoreline of the closest body of water.
He paints scenes which he says "would be a painting that I would purchase, if produced by another artist, so I hope my viewers share those same values". To date, that formula is working and his paintings are sold both on-line and in the three galleries which represent him, one in Cincinnati and two in northern Michigan.