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Bryan Koontz is known for capturing the rural beauty of Western North Carolina through his oil paintings. Most of his work is begun on site, en plein air, and completed in his studio, using photos to aid his memory.
A native of Asheville, Bryan’s roots run deep in the mountains, and it was his grandmother who influenced his love of painting. His appreciation for mountain culture, heritage, and scenery is evident in his artwork, which he paints in a realistic style similar to that of the mid-to-late 19th-century American landscape painters. Employing traditional methods and archival materials, Bryan says his aim is to “produce works of art that will endure and be cherished for many generations.”
In addition to painting, Bryan has worked 30+ years in graphic design and illustration. Notable projects have included the artwork for the Biltmore Estate’s 2018 Christmas wine labels, pen and ink drawings for the Mast General Store – as well as their annual Christmas card paintings – and book illustrations for author Nadia Dean.