Stephen C Kuhlman - Artist's Works
From the observations of his earliest teachers to his family and friends, it was always a foregone conclusion that Steve would pursue visual arts. He received a BFA degree in painting from Ohio University and later an Associate degree in Commercial Art/Advertising.
In the late 70s, while continuing to paint, Kuhlman began his career in advertising as an art director for a small Louisville, Kentucky advertising agency. As the agency grew and expanded, he held positions in creative services and management. During his thirty years in the business—and ultimately part ownership—the agency grew from a small local firm to a highly regarded creative agency serving regional and national clients.
Artists who influenced Kuhlman’s work include Andrew Wyeth, with his restrained color palette and attention to detail; Richard Diebenkorn, with his abstract compositions in the “Ocean Park” series; as well as realist painters from the late 60s and early 70s. Closer to home, Kuhlman studied with and was inspired by Homer Hacker, a noted watercolorist and AWS member.
Kuhlman returned full time to his fine arts roots a few years ago with the opening of his studio in Louisville, where he regularly spends five days a week working in his preferred medium of watercolor.
Kuhlman’s highly awarded work has appeared in regional and national exhibitions and is held in private and corporate collections.