KCahill Studios | Boise, Idaho
Background and Philosophy
Kevin E. Cahill, PhD is an American realist painter and illustrator who specializes in oils, pastels, and pencil. Nature is a common theme among his paintings, many of which are seemingly uneventful landscapes or everyday objects. His goal for each piece is to remain true to the principles of realism and, at the same time, interpret the subject and personalize it. He addresses this challenge in different ways. A common technique that he applies to landscapes is to minimize the extent to which colors are dulled. This method results in a collection of colors that might be difficult to find in nature individually but yet, when taken together, provide a realistic take on the subject. Another interpretation he uses for pencil portraits is to focus on facial expression, those of the eyes in particular, to radiate mood. Regardless of the technique, each piece is designed to catch the viewer’s attention, and to do so in light of the apparent simplicity of the subject. The essence of Kevin Cahill’s work is to take something straightforward and make it stand out.
The portraits shown in the link below were drawn entirely free-hand; that is, without carbon copying or box-and-draw techniques. All drawings were made with soft-lead pencil (predominantly 2B) on heavy-weight paper. No alternative media (e.g., charcoal) were used to create contrast.
Please click here to view sample portraits: Portraits
The landscapes shown in the link below are unique with respect to the subject matter and the size, direction, and visibility of brush strokes. Regardless of the technique, the goal for each piece was to apply brilliants colors to the canvass and still maintain a realistic interpretation of the subject.
Please click here to view the artist's landscapes: Landscapes.
The still lifes shown in the link below are all based on simple subjects. The challenge was to take the simple subject and transform it into a diverse arrangement of color and texture. Depth was also a key focus, as were shape and contrast. All of these still lifes are originals and most were done "live."
Click here for a sample of the artist's still lifes: Still lifes.