Columbus watercolor artist John H. Behling is showing his new original works that beautifully portray abandoned structures in different stages of decay.

Columbus watercolor artist John H. Behling is showing his new original works that beautifully portray abandoned structures in different stages of decay.

This series is a follow-up to a collection that explored the same themes that were displayed in 2014 at the Sharon Weiss Gallery.

Behling’s passion for painting desolate buildings, abandoned cars and empty storefronts and gas stations started in 2010 when he was in Linworth, Ohio. While there, he began painting a deserted building he found in an alley.

Behling gives these decaying places “redemption” in his paintings by looking beyond their loneliness and abandonment and giving them a new life that lives on in his art. Behling said that for him, the inspiration behind the series is a “rejection of death.”

In his watercolor paintings, Behling uses his expert application of color and pointillism to capture realistic images of these once-forgotten structures.