Oil Paintings by Ken Ahlering







Ken Ahlering

Oil Paintings by Ken Ahlering

Hampton, NJ


I'm Ken Ahlering and I paint realistic Images of America in oil..Mostly self-taught, I have been painting for over 60 years..Early on I became interested in fine art, always attracted to realistic drawings and oil paintings. I have never seemed to figure out what the "new" fads were all about, but respected the Old Masters, with their long tradition of knowledge, skills and effort. Their beautiful use of color, composition and light were what I wanted to emulate. I looked at paintings by the Dutch Landscape artists, the Hudson River School, American Western Artists.and the like for inspiration.Several neighbors,early teachers, and other influencers..names long since forgotten ...exposed me to the beauty of these works of art. I would never tire of looking at the great paintings of our past masters..American and European alike, but especially American.

I was was given a set of oil paints by my cousin Vivian, who thought perhaps that I could make better use of them. My first attempts; a Chevrolet auto, a local church and a portrait of an old man are long gone, but I can still picture them and remember the struggles to produce them.

But as things worked out, my interest in art had to take a backseat to the realities of everyday life. However behind it all, there still remained a love of fine art, fine paintings and the beauty of our American scene. From time to time I would take a night course in painting and try to sharpen my skills. Some teachers were helpful, some not, but I kept trying. I made paintings for gifts, and for my own personal pleasure. In the last 10-15 years however, I have found much more time to paint and have made a new beginning. When my pal Betty helped me discover that people were willing to pay for my paintings, I got a new sense of satisfaction that is hard to describe. Lately my life has become somewhat like a reality TV show..you know the type with the never ending deadlines..and happy tension..Shows and commisions, gallery demands and seasonal changes...all keep me hopping..

I really enjoy meeting the interesting people who love realistic fine arts, other fine artists, collectors and Gallery owners. I am thrilled by the fact that I am learning all the time..every painting. I want to improve on my style..painterly as I call it. Each painting is a reflection of my feelings, or what I prefer to be feeling: peaceful, serene and American..It is easy to see my sucesses and failures in a work, and you know if I made a mistake..no sloppy "impressionistic" work for me....I try to portray images that remind people of a place and time they can remember...I want my paintings to quiet a room, start a conversation and become family treasures for the future...Sort of "Oh this painting always hung in grandma's house" and perhaps create a friendly tussle over ownership.. ...." I specialize in American landscapes, seascapes, especially the Jersey shore and skiscapes of my favorite ski areas in Vermont..

My paintings are scattering around the country, overseas and recently The State Department commisioned a painting for the emabassy in Uzebeckistan..I am a member of the Art at the Embassies program of the US State department, The Southern Vermont Art Center in Manchester Vermont, The American Society of Marine Artists, and Oil Painters of America. I guess my art is not silly enough to win jury awards, but we win the important and satisfying ones like "peoples choice"

If you have a favorite photo of a landscape, seascape or ski scene you would like to see as a painting contact me at gmieken@earthlink.net and we can work out a deal...But in any event I hope you enjoy my work..


Chaos in Orion by Ken Ahlering


Rainbow Trout by Ken Ahlering


NJ Forrest Fire by Ken Ahlering


crispy day by Ken Ahlering


boarder line by Ken Ahlering


Winter backroad by Ken Ahlering


West Meadow by Ken Ahlering


Blue Cruiser by Ken Ahlering


ski the blues away by Ken Ahlering


milky way over the jersey shore by Ken Ahlering


Vermont Barn by Ken Ahlering


Stratton Skiing by Ken Ahlering


Mountain Meadow by Ken Ahlering


Ocean Moon by Ken Ahlering


Rainbow Trout by Ken Ahlering


snow mobile by Ken Ahlering


winter marsh by Ken Ahlering


Stratton Ski Trail by Ken Ahlering


autumn lake by Ken Ahlering


tree line by Ken Ahlering


we ski by Ken Ahlering


autumn vista by Ken Ahlering


sunbowl ski by Ken Ahlering


expert skier by Ken Ahlering


blue run by Ken Ahlering


west meadow choice by Ken Ahlering


can't bear it by Ken Ahlering


bluebird day by Ken Ahlering


west meadow smooth by Ken Ahlering


Morning Rain by Ken Ahlering


West River by Ken Ahlering


Moon struck by Ken Ahlering


Beaver Pond in Londonderry VT by Ken Ahlering


lowell lake by Ken Ahlering


red barn by Ken Ahlering


lowell lake by Ken Ahlering


pikes falls by Ken Ahlering


gale meadow summer by Ken Ahlering


gale meadow pond by Ken Ahlering


autumn woodland by Ken Ahlering


bromley view by Ken Ahlering


summer road by Ken Ahlering


valley farm by Ken Ahlering


jersey shore moon by Ken Ahlering


Powder Hound by Ken Ahlering


summer surf by Ken Ahlering


Cardinal by Ken Ahlering


rainbow trout by Ken Ahlering