Deer Lick Gap


 Asheville artist Bryan Koontz can date his ancestry in Western North Carolina back to the late 1700s. His deep appreciation for mountain culture, heritage, and scenery is evident in his paintings, which often begin en plein air and are finished in the studio. Employing traditional methods and archival materials, Bryan says, “he aims to produce works of art that will endure and be cherished for many generations.”

Bryan paints in a realistic style similar to the mid-to-late 19th-century American landscape painters. When asked about his favorite areas of Western North Carolina to paint, he says, “I especially enjoy the wilderness areas and long-range views along the Blue Ridge Parkway or the great Balds that dot the mountains. Deep along rivers and creeks are also some of my favorite places.”

Bryan first picked up a paintbrush when he was about eight, under the guidance of his grandmother, who influenced his love of painting. He went on to feed his creative spirit at Appalachian State University, where he earned a degree in commercial design. After years of working in the print and graphic design industry, Bryan became a freelance artist in 2008. Notable projects have included pen and ink drawings for the Mast General Store and book illustrations for author Nadia Dean. In 2018, he was chosen to create the artwork for the Biltmore Estate’s Christmas wine labels.

  • Artist: Bryan Koontz
  • Oil on linen on panel
  • Framed dimensions: 19.5″ H x 27″ W


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