Contemporary artist Courtney Khail | Southern Artist | Atlanta Artist | Courtney Khail

Upcoming and Current Exhibitions

"The New South III"

In it's third year, Kai Lin Art Gallery's The New South III juried exhibition aims to bring attention to the artistic dialogue happening in the Contemporary South and to celebrate the largely versatile medium of paper. This year's exhibit showcases works from 60 contemporary artists from across the Southeast and is juried by Larry Jens Anderson (World renown Atlanta based artist and former professor at the Savannah College of Art and Design) and Justin Rabideau (Director of the Zuckerman Museum of Art at Kennesaw State University)

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The show opens June 22nd and runs through July 27th

Based in Atlanta, Georgia, courtney khail watercolors is the full service art studio of contemporary watercolor artist Courtney Khail


About Courtney

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

"Influenced by my Southern upbringing, my work explores the vulnerability of ones self as expressed through nature and color.

Combining traditional subject matter with contemporary compositions, vibrant colors, and expressive line work, I strive to display a balance among the dualities– creating paintings that are at once both delicate and fragile, while simultaneously brazen and bold.

From afar, my works appear to consist simply of vibrantly painted botanicals. Upon closer inspection though, their depth is revealed. Utilizing a variety of expressive lines, I encourage the viewer's gaze to slow – guiding them throughout the painting so they may fully experience the nuances and complexities that first impressions (both in art and in life) so often miss."


2004-2007   Bachelor of Fine Arts- Scientific Illustration, Summa Cum Laude
                  The University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia

2006   Lamar Dodd School of Art Study Abroad Program
                   The University of Georgia, Cortona, Italy

Selected Exhibitions

2018   The New South III
                  Kai Lin Art, Atlanta, Georgia

            Wesleyan Featured Artist Gallery
                   Wesleyan School, Peachtree Corners, Georgia

            Spotlight on Art
                   Trinity School, Atlanta, Georgia

2017   Cultivated (A Solo Exhibit featuring works by Courtney Khail)
                    Atlanta Botanical Garden, Atlanta, Georgia

2016   First Friday "Meet the Artist" exhibit
                    West Elm, Atlanta, Georgia

2015   Art of the 45
                    King Plow Arts Center, Atlanta, Georgia

courtney khail watercolors pop up show
         West Elm, Atlanta, Georgia

Fall Curated Show
          200 Mill, Marietta, Georgia

Celebrating Cortona; Images Inspired by Italy
          Decatur ArtHouse, Decatur, Georgia

2014  New Trends Juried Show
                    Point Gallery, Denver, Colorado

Colorado Watercolor Society Exhibition
          The Community Creative Center, Fort Collins, Colorado

2007  Scientific Illustration Dual Artist Exit Show
                    Lamar Dodd School of Art, University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia

Scientific and Medical Illustration Student Exhibition
          Lamar Dodd School of Art, University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia
          Medical College of Georgia, Augusta, Georgia

2006    La Mostra
                    Palazzo Vagnotti, Cortona, Italy