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Journey of an Artistic Soul: Kersten Conway

Kersten Conway Self Portrait,2010

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 happy.
Be healthy.
Be blessed, Kersten
(image above entitled Self Portrait, 2010 it is 8×11, cardboard and tempra)

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Solstice

Solstice

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.

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Goddess 1

Goddess 1

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.

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Goddess 2

Goddess 2

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Seraphim

My Seraphim

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…”

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Pensive

Pensive

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.

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Never Look Back

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…

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Icarus Falls

Icarus Falls

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.

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Global Helix

Global Helix

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….

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Chrysalis

Chrysalis

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

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Cherries and China

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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19 Responses to “Journey of an Artistic Soul: Kersten Conway”

  1. Leila says:

    Amazing art Kersten, I like the experimental feel to your paintings. Thanks for the show.

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  2. sandy says:

    thank you. that was beautiful. You are were I want to be. I’m heading in that direction. I want to live my life with passion, and creativity is blooming. I also have worn many hats over the years, and am now on a new path. One of creativity and soul acceptance. Reading this has given me a sence of peace, and also a sence that it’s the little push that I’m headed in the right direction. Thank You.

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  3. Nickie says:

    I enjoyed looking at your paintings. Thank you and especially ‘Cherries and China’ evocative of Summer afternoon teas and times gone by. Peaceful, tranquil and carefree days.

    Nickie

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  4. Elsa says:

    Kersten, I find your beautiful art very contemplative, thought provoking as it gives me a feeling of tranquility and pensiveness. You are so talented in your creations, utilizing different mediums. I too, find myself smiling at your art, and enjoy the journey it takes me on. I am privileged to have met you and witnessed first hand, your creative ability to show such beauty, color, texture and more, in the stories you tell with your creations. How lucky your students are to have a teacher who “lives” what she teaches and encourages us all to be true to ourselves.

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  5. Carol says:

    Kersten,
    Goddess 1 moves me. Is it available as a print?
    Thanks,
    Carol

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  6. herzzy says:

    Wonderful wonderful. Thanks for sharing your work and your thoughts. We and I’ve been blessed you’ve joined our studio at LC. hugs, Jen

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  7. Zirah says:

    Wonderful artwork, and I loved the words you used to describe your life process/journey and the various paintings displayed here. Thanks for being you.

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  8. Mary says:

    This is your art student Mary. I love your work and it inspires me to keep trying harder. I am particularly fond of “Cherries and China” and “Chrysalis” Thanks, Mary

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  9. Sharon Routhier says:

    I am very interested in Kersten Conway’s art. I especially like
    Solstice. Where can I see/buy more of her work.? Is there a website? Catalog? Thank you.
    Sharon

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  10. Nazreen says:

    Great work, especially the ‘Cherries and China’ The ‘light and airiness
    brought back an ‘amazing’ feeling,. Can’t explain those feelings. It’s like a faraway or childhood experience.

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  11. Courtneymarissanicole says:

    Hi Ms.Conway!!! Your art is very inspiring. Thanks for being such a great teacher! We will have to visit you when we are in high school!!
    -Courtney, Marissa and Nicole

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  12. Kersten says:

    As reply to Sharon Routhier …you can see more of my art at http://womenvitamins.net….there is a link call heArtwork in the center of the home page. Thanks for asking, K

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  13. Andrew G says:

    I love these! My favorites are definitely Goddess I and Icarus Falls. Those are the palettes I choose. And I like the sgraffito on both! I’m really glad you have been my teacher because you are wonderful at it. I hope my art is this great one day. :)

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  14. Vince K. says:

    Kersten, You’re Outlook is AWESOME !!

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  15. Rhonda Leah Pierson Davies says:

    Compelling … The one with the tea and cherries… I desperately wanted to go get some yummy cherries to eat with some tea and toast , with a beautiful table setting … anything that encourages me to eat, is a good thing . . mmmmmmm..
    arelle

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  16. Hi Kersten,

    Your work is awesome. I especially like the more abstact pieces & love your use of colour.

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  17. Jeanne says:

    Love the story of your journey, your openness, your art. Thank you so much for sharing.
    Jeanne

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  18. Clint says:

    I love your work. It is amazing. I also love the fact that you are an art teacher. God bless you. Our teachers our the true heroes in our lives. NAMASTE

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  19. George says:

    Kersten, I am impressed by your vibrant use of colours in your work. It must be those vitamins in your lifestyle and I hope you’re not overdosing on the coffee. That can have its adverse effects as you probably know. I have passed your samples on to a friend who is also an artist. Take care.

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