“If there’s a common thread that runs through my work, I’d have to say it’s a sense of peacefulness. Whether the subject is a herd of horses grazing contentedly, an untouched landscape under a golden sun, or fresh flowers from the garden…perhaps I can offer the viewer a moment of tranquility.”
There is a peaceful aura to Laurie Kersey’s work. Whether she’s focusing on California’s dramatic coastline and those who flock there, a graceful still life, a sophisticated floral, or the myriad activities in the life of a horse, Kersey’s images draw you in and wrap you up in the feeling that all is well. Her identity as an artist began to take shape early in childhood. Her father raised horses—her lifelong love—and her mother regularly set up an easel to paint in their kitchen. She rode horses for many years, which ended after an injury. To maintain her relationship with horses and to keep them in her life, Kersey turned her focus to painting equine-themed subjects.
Kersey attended the Art Institute of Pittsburgh and worked for 15 years in the commercial art business and as an Art Director and Illustrator on the East Coast. She relocated to San Francisco and studied painting at the Academy of Art University, where she has since taught painting and drawing in their Fine Art Department.Currently, Kersey lives on California’s West Coast Monterey Peninsula with her artist-husband Brian Blood. There, she’s endlessly inspired by the landscape’s diversity—the vast ocean’s rocky coastline, sea life, and sandy shores; the quiet countryside’s golden rolling hills, tranquil farmland, and of course, horses.
Throughout her career, Kersey has participated in numerous gallery shows, national juried shows, and museum invitationals. She has received multiple national awards and has been featured in several magazines.
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Salt Lake City, UT 84111
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