Kocher’s recent work pushes composition, paint application and color to the edge – often literally. Colors can be unexpected and brush strokes applied with strength have surprising sensitivity. The landscapes can stop at familiar and comfortable, or, if we choose. take us to a more poetic place. At times, the work captures a static moment filled with many emotions, others a powerful movement protecting the most serene and private moment of the viewer. Arthur Dove stated in 1925 “…works of nature are abstract, they do not lean on other things for meaning.”
A second generation artist, William Kocher moved to Cape Cod Massachusetts in 1993 and actively studied plein air painting. Returning to Pennsylvania in recent years, Kocher continues his painting career with both plein aire and studio work.