Blue Gray River,  Casey Klahn


Washington state artist Casey Klahn reaches a global audience with his pastel landscapes, and has received two first place awards in the past season from international venues.

The Sausalito Art Festival, in the bay area of California, is in it's fifty-seventh year and is a top outdoor venue for artists and fine craftsmen in America. In the category of Drawing media, Klahn won first place with his exhibit of American river scenes titled, “The River Series.” He was further honored with an invitation to display the series at his Alma Mater, Northwest University, in Kirkland, WA, during November and December, 2009.

While the river paintings were in Kirkland, Klahn's painting, titled Lazy River, was recognized as the Best Picture of a Place posted on an artist blog in 2009. This award was based on a vote by his peers and the readers of Making a Mark, a top-seated art blog based in London. The large painting of a blue-gray colored choppy river at dusk also came in second place overall for Best Picture on an artist blog. Casey's blog is named The Colorist and is found on the World Wide Web at

Klahn calls his style of bright landscape paintings “New School Color,” due to his intense use of color. A mix of modern art and time-honored realism, his works represent American subjects with a surprisingly emotional tempo. His studio is on his property in rural Lincoln County, WA, where he divides his time between his art work and his family, including two grade school children and his wife, Lorie Klahn.