Justin Kellner

"While utilizing the landscape's natural forms and textures, I draw upon visual cues from past encounters to achieve a balance between realism and abstraction. My intent is to evoke memories and the sense of a place and time while portraying the interrupted cycles existing throughout the natural world's various ecosystems. The paintings give an impression of the natural areas I've explored, while informing the viewer about their environmental fragility.

Very sensitive to their environments, birds are often a good indicator of the health of a particular ecosystem. In my paintings, I combine aggressive abstract brushstrokes and textures with realistically rendered birds to create spaces that give the impression of erosion, change and isolation”. Justin Kellner holds a BFA from Central Michigan University and a MFA from Kendall College of Art and Design.

Northern Sights (Blackburnian Warbler)

Wishing the Rain Would Hold Off (Myrtle Warbler)

Following the Familiar Sounds (Mourning Warbler)

Even as it Warms (Chestnut-sided Warbler)

Choose Where to Look (Cape-may Warbler)

As the Mornings Come and Go (Chestnut-sided Warbler)

A Returning Morning (Black-throated Green Warbler)

Have You Been to the Highlands (Red-winged Blackbird)

Unexpected Surprises (Hooded Warbler)

Waiting for the Sun to Rise (Prothonotary Warbler)

Slipping Away (Ruby-crowned Kinglet)

Wish I Could Remember (Pine Warbler)

Its Hard to Keep Track (Black Throated Green Warbler)

It Shows Through Every Now and Then (Wilsons Warbler)

Blue Gray Gnatcatcher

Adding a New Perspective (Northern Waterthrush)

Try Going Forward (Scarlet Tanager)

That Might Not Be True, but It Goes Well (Yellow Warbler)

As The Shore Breaks Down

Deep With-in / Yet Close to the River (Black and White Warbler)

It Could Have Been (Cedar Waxwings)

Soon To Stop (Eastern Bluebird)

The Other Left Yesterday Morning (Magnolia Warbler)

Thinking This Would Be It (Pine Warbler)

Find the Differences (American Redstart)

They Never Tire (Black-throated Green Warbler)

Make it Just for This (Northern Parula)

Just in Time (Yellow Warbler)

Differentiating the Sounds (Louisiana Waterthrush)

Before it Leaves (Blackburnian Warbler)

All I Can See (Cape May Warbler)

Opening up New Possibilities (Vermilion Flycatcher)

Making it Work (Tufted Titmouse)

To Get Away (Kirtland’s Warbler)

There was a Time (Common Yellowthroat)

A Long Way, for a Short Period of Time (Red-breasted Nuthatch)

The One You Can Count On (Black-capped Chickadee)