Hurricane Harvey destruction inspires floral paintings

Initially inspired from hurricane Harvey damages, Carol Koutnik paints the flowers from her garden symbolizing change.

VICTORIA, Texas – Right now, the Nave art museum has an exhibition of oil paintings created by Carol Koutnik.

As a Rockport resident, Koutnik, says hurricane Harvey really impacted her home.

Back in August of 2017, hurricane Harvey hit many states in the U.S., such as Louisiana, Texas, and Arkansas. While this storm was classified as a category 4 hurricane, it caused immense flooding and damages, leaving 68 people to lose their lives.

Even though Texas is still recuperating and experiencing the hurricane’s aftermath, Koutnik brought it upon herself to create paintings that show change and growth in a garden.

Symbolically, just as nature is forced to adapt after a storm, these paintings express the beauty that can erupt afterwards.

“It’s about growth and change, like a garden had to grow and change, after hurricane Harvey. We got hit hard in Rockport and I lost 12 trees on my property, so it changed a shaded paradise to a sun-drenched place. The whole show is about that kind of change and my experimenting then with different medias and styles,” she said.

Interestingly enough, Koutnik started off drawing. Later on, deciding to experiment with paints and colors.

Gaining so much inspiration from her own garden, she sought out more from her friend’s garden, Susan Lewis, as well.

“Well, Carol was over at my house one day and I didn’t even know that she was taking pictures of my garden. While I was tending to my flowers in the backyard, she snapped photos and I didn’t even know that she had done the painting. Until I saw it in her studio and I said ‘Oh I must have that!’ and she laughed,” Lewis said.

As an artist, Koutnik likes to view many gardens for inspiration. To her, gardens are poems of sight. These visual poems are still on display at the nave museum and will be exhibited until December 20th.

The museum will have a Meet the Artist event on Saturday, Nov. 21, from 12:00 – 1:00p.m.

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