Both Sides of the River, Paintings
June 6 - July 1, 2005
Landscape, myth and memory are the subject of my work. A daily walk on the C&O Canal path keeps me close enough to touch and taste, see and smell ever changing nature. I also walk in woods, in mountains, in fields, and by river and sea, seeking the living places on the earth that are sacred spaces where communication with nature helps to transcend the mundane and satisfy the longings of the soul. These works can provide a doorway into a space where it is possible to come closer to understanding the mysteries.
My pictures of the landscape are a synthesis of the experience and the inspiration that I find in the natural world rather than directly observed portraits of place. The free brushstrokes that I use to build up my images are a natural handwriting. My work continues in a post-modern context of the great tradition of American landscape painting.
I am now Professor Emeritus of the Art Department of Montgomery College in Rockville, Maryland. One-person exhibitions in the Washington, D.C. area include Jane Haslem Gallery, Franz Bader Gallery, and Addison Ripley Fine Art and group exhibitions worldwide. My work is represented in many public and private collections including the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Library of Congress, Portland Art Museum, Norton Gallery and the United States Department of State. Awards include the Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award in the Visual Arts and repeated fellowships at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts in Amherst, Virginia.
- Barbara Kerne
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