And then color changes everything.
Referring to his sketches, Don Jaime Koss reflects on the process that creates the beautiful masterpieces surrounding his gallery.
Some of the sketches, when done, have mystery. Some of them go crazy. After paint, the sketches are purified.
Jaime’s paintings reflect the simplicity he has created in his living and working environment – a piece of paradise on the beach of the Nicoya Peninsula, under the tree canopy, surrounded by blossoming fruit trees as his inspiration is nurtured by the beauty around him. There, he is hard at work, rearranging his own radiance and insight on the canvas. There, is where he has found clarity and inspiration.
Having lived decades in California, where he worked as a chemist, graphic designer and educator, mostly in the San Francisco area, the Costa Rican native aspired to shed himself of the fast pace that had engulfed him and return to his homeland. While living in another country he says that he was constantly inspired, but also became confused, busy and over worked. Playa Sámara’s gorgeous half-moon bay, where Koss first visited in the 1970’s, was calling.
So, he left California and returned to the small beach-front cabina he built in 1975, seeking physical and spiritual health and the chance to let his artistic talent evolve.
Now, in his seventies, Jaime feels calm and grounded. He lives a simple life – sleeps in a windowless room surrounded by music, enjoys good conversation, has a thirst for reading and expression, and his art. His outdoor studio is steps away from the beach, facing the water, where he is free to explore his imagination and pursue his curiosity.