As artist, entrepreneur, mother, teacher, mentor, shepherdess, rodeo queen, cowhand, correctional officer, lumberyard owner, web designer, blogger, shaman….my roles have evolved and shifted throughout my entire life. I count this as a blessing. The Universe may not have given me these roles forever, but I have been and done things that the hesitant only dream of…I don’t look back. I am content and eagerly anticipating my continuing journey.
Art has always been a part of who I am; no matter in what paradigm I find myself. I am in love with beauty and creation and color.
I’ve traveled on spiritual and artistic roads, and have been blessed with teachers who have encouraged me to be true to myself. One shamanic teacher told me that my colors would change the world. (Pretty awesome for someone who took a plain air painting class in Montana and was asked by the instructor, during a daily painting review: “Why are you here? You don’t paint what you see…you paint what you feel…you could be anywhere.”)
As I mature, I have been drawn to the feminine aspects of this life. Many of my paintings reflect the maternal goddess/angelic aspects that surround us on a daily basis. As someone said upon viewing my work, “The pieces that call to me the most are the ones of the women – I recognize them although I don’t know from where.” That was an accolade beyond price, for my artistic visions are meant to be universal…perhaps Universal.
Being a secondary school art teacher has afforded me the opportunity to stay young in spirit and mind. I am always eager to try new things, to discover new ways to express the joy I feel with each new sunrise, fresh flower, or good cup of coffee. I guess that is why I am so versatile in my creative journey. There is a connectedness with my palette…and an expansion of topic and themes that ranges widely from realistic to expressionistic. My life is an ebb and flow of constant creation, and when I start a new project, I never know what the end result will be. It is all serendipity….and that is joy in itself.
I consider myself a proponent for positive change. I cherish this Earth we inhabit, I love blueberries and lilacs and that good cup of coffee. I write several weekly blogs about healthy living, and am a co-founder of Women Vitamins, a company built on the promise of promoting women’s health.
Be blessed, Kersten
(image above entitled Self Portrait, 2010 it is 8×11, cardboard and tempra)
Solstice (acrylic 16 x 20) is the raw energy of light and darkness, the balance of creation and potential for destruction. It’s my statement piece of my love for the electric joy of color and textures dancing together on canvas. I was so excited while painting this, that I lost track of time, forgot lunch and dinner, and couldn’t believe the time that had passed….and it still makes me smile when I sit and just observe it.
Goddess 1 and Goddess 2 (monoprints 12 x 18) I was playing around with plexiglass trying to teach myself the art of monoprints. I was not really trying to create portraits, rather, I was hoping for abstract prints with contrasting colors. When I rolled the ink on the plates and swirled the colors around, I discovered facial characteristics that immediately bespoke the divine feminine. A few finger strokes later, viola…the goddesses appeared.
My Seraphim (acrylic 16 x 20)) came in a period of introspection, after I lost my second child. Faces of angels, serious and watchful, appeared in my canvases. I notice that they do not look at us; they ponder serious issues that transcend the viewer. There is energetic tension behind them indicative of their power that reminds us we are all under careful consideration. “You know not the day nor the hour…”
Although it was not my intent, everyone who sees Pensive, (acrylic on canvas 28”X54”) assures me that this is a self portrait. I do often sit with my fist in front of my mouth, thinking…. Sometimes one has to acknowledge the various layers that are the complexity of life lived. We are a composite of experiences, auras, acknowledged and unacknowledged truths. We need to remind ourselves that it is okay to be grounded, to be focused, and to be still.
Never Look Back
Never Look Back (acrylic 24 x 38) started out as a tribal fabric design, and the persona took over the canvas. She has a huge presence that is not comforting but compelling. A hint of sadness reminds us that looking back and regretting, cannot change what has occurred…we must move on, bravely and steadfastly…
Icarus (acrylic 20 x 24) is poised on that balance beam of life…unaware if he is soaring or falling…that one clearly pivotal moment when anything is possible, no certainty has been cast, that moment of suspended belief and disbelief. I try to find that non-judgmental place as often as I can, and because it is elusive, and so fleeting, it must be cherished all the more fiercely.
Global Helix (watercolor/collage 11 x 17) has undertones of the divine feminine, Gaia. Bearing fruit, giving life, passing on the codes of our existence, our Terran mother is everything, everywhere….
Chrysalis (acrylic 16 x 20) is my interpretation of the soul as it morphs from a universal existence of light into this physical existence of life. The pulse of pure energy expands as it chooses to experience a 3 dimensional moment
Cherries and China
(watercolor 15 x 17) Cherries With China began as a high school demonstration piece on how to paint porcelain. I started with the covered dish in the middle, and got so involved that I just kept adding pieces of china, and then finally the plate of cherries. It needed a foreground, so the table cloth was added, and finally the background tapestry was painted in. We all laughed because the order of painting and composing was all WRONG…but it ended up looking so RIGHT.
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