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Original Paintings

Original Paintings from Carla Niehaus

For more than 50 years, Carla Niehaus has been creating original paintings inspired by the beauty and majesty of nature. Surrounded by the mountains, streams, and birch groves of Berkshire, Connecticut, Carla creates striking, colorful fine art paintings that make excellent additions to any home, office, or public space. 

Carla uses a variety of mediums in her paintings, but many include significant elements of impressionist watercolors. Her open, flexible approach to shape and structure are distinctly original, while also drawing on beloved traditions in 20th-century art. Here is what Carla had to say about some of her inspirations for her watercolor style:

“Notably, Franz Kline (1910-1962), helped me to keep an open mind with regard to line and shape. His large and abstract action paintings of girders at construction sites and bridges, led me to blur the boundaries between line and shape. His massive monochromatic strokes became shapes for me, and I felt they illuminated a connection to Japanese calligraphy as a sophisticated fine art form.

Helen Frankenthaler (1928-2011), also reinforced my love of watercolor as a medium. As part of the New York movement of Abstract Expressionism, her large paintings on canvas were created using transparent pigments that looked like watercolors. Her color seemed to be applied with huge, wide brushes. They appeared calligraphic for me. Her approach to painting opened my acceptance of my own strokes, as lines and shapes, and as a space for personally significant expression.”

Through Niehaus Fine Art, Carla offers you an opportunity to discover the beauty of her impressionist watercolors and bring it into your home or office. These original paintings are truly one-of-a-kind, and bring the flowing, freeform vibrance of nature indoors. Contact us today to arrange your purchase.

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