Emily Grey Koehler is a print maker who graduated from Grand Valley State University in 2006. Drawing strongly from her attachment to the natural world, her art reflects our place in the earth's natural environment and its place in our lives.
Artist Statement: "Born and raised in Northern Lower Michigan, the arts and the natural world have long been a part of my life. As a child, searching for salamanders and other interesting life forms was a favorite pastime. Crayons and craft paper in hand, I found the forest to be the best place for growing artistic ideas. I took these youthful thoughts to school and found a niche for them in the arts program at Grand Valley State University. The diverse manifestations of the printmaking media absorbed me as I found prints to be the best means of expressing my ideas.
After graduating with a Bachelor's Degree in Fine Arts with an emphasis in printmaking in December of 2006, my work has largely focused on regional environmental and modern land use concerns. From expressive tree forms to moody landscapes, I have sought to develop a dialogue between the viewer and the natural world through colorful woodcuts, collagraphs and monotypes and monochromatic etchings. Using these media and imagery I hope to convey not only my sense of our place in the environment but also a desire to understand and protect the natural world." -Emily Gray Koehler