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..


kelly stand by Ken Ahlering


quiet moon by Ken Ahlering


grey day by Ken Ahlering


fall vista by Ken Ahlering


kidski by Ken Ahlering


cruising by Ken Ahlering


drifter by Ken Ahlering


west meadow by Ken Ahlering


west river bromley view by Ken Ahlering


Grandpa's farm by Ken Ahlering


and so it begins by Ken Ahlering


falling water by Ken Ahlering


fly me to the moon by Ken Ahlering


Plowed out by Ken Ahlering


summer morning by Ken Ahlering


Columbia Trail by Ken Ahlering


Galaxy by Ken Ahlering


Push Over by Ken Ahlering


Stratton Intersection by Ken Ahlering


Forsythe wildlife by Ken Ahlering


Rob's Run by Ken Ahlering


ke'e beach kauai by Ken Ahlering


New Jersey Dune Walk by Ken Ahlering


Bookin by Ken Ahlering


Bondville Vista by Ken Ahlering


acadia moon by Ken Ahlering


dusting by Ken Ahlering


peaceful beach by Ken Ahlering


Heading Home by Ken Ahlering


Black Bear Ski Trail by Ken Ahlering


Old Skiis by Ken Ahlering


Fall Road by Ken Ahlering


Night Blues by Ken Ahlering


Seagrass by Ken Ahlering


moonwalk by Ken Ahlering


sunny side by Ken Ahlering


Pikes Falls by Ken Ahlering


wavecrest by Ken Ahlering


Mount Katahdin by Ken Ahlering


Aurora Borealis by Ken Ahlering


Gonna Snow again by Ken Ahlering


Gale meadow pond autumn by Ken Ahlering


Grotto by Ken Ahlering


Bromley View by Ken Ahlering


Moonlight in Vermont by Ken Ahlering


Stratton Clouds by Ken Ahlering


Bromley View by Ken Ahlering


Spirit of Ocean Grove by Ken Ahlering