Upcoming and Current Exhibitions
"Dreams In Color"
Courtney's "Dreams In Color" series is set to launch at the end of September. Check back soon for the exact date and time!
Based in Atlanta, Georgia, courtney khail watercolors is the full service art studio of contemporary watercolor artist Courtney Khail
Formally trained artist Courtney Khail is the founder and artist of courtney khail watercolors.
Born in Augusta, Georgia, Courtney studied visual arts at John S. Davidson Fine Arts Magnet School for eight years before going onto receive her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Scientific Illustration from The University of Georgia's Lamar Dodd School of Art.
Believing that artwork should be a part of one's everyday life, Courtney launched a fine art stationery and design company in 2009, and in 2012 she moved to Denver, Colorado to expand the business. It was while living there- surrounded by the grandeur and beauty of the Rocky Mountains- that she began painting again. And while Courtney still manages her stationery line and accepts a select number of commissioned wedding orders per year, in 2015 she made the decision to return to Atlanta and focus on her artwork full time.
Today Khail’s work continues to explore her fascination with nature- especially its ability to reflect the complexities and juxtapositions present within each of us. Greatly influenced by her background in scientific illustration, her work combines expressive line work with abstracted color and form, resulting in vibrant paintings that blur the line between the natural and the man made.
Her work has been featured in various publications and websites such as The Atlanta Journal Constitution, The Food Network, Southern Living, and CommonCreativATL. In 2016 Jezebel Magazine named Khail “One to Watch” and in 2017 she was voted the “Atlanta’s Best Emerging Visual Artist” by Creative Loafing Magazine. (To see a complete list, please see the “Press” tab.)
About the Work
Flowers are not a new subject matter in art- from Dutch still life painters to Warhol, artists throughout history have utilized them in their works. And while undoubtedly aesthetically pleasing, to me the true beauty of flowers lies in their metaphorical talents. Whether referencing life or death, happiness or sorrow, flowers have an uncanny ability to capture and portray the full gamut of human emotions.
By altering something as simple as the composition of its petals, or as intricate as my line work, I am able to utilize that gift and tell a story through my art.
Most recently I've been experimenting with using flowers to express vulnerability and self discovery (specifically in relation to social expectations and conventions.) By combining traditional subject matter with contemporary compositions, vibrant colors, and dynamic line work, I create paintings that are delicate yet brazen- mirroring the dualities and contradictions in each of us.