Kerri Hedden


The Artist – Kerri Hedden

The Purpose

Painting the landscape combines my favorite things: the creative process, nature and a means to preserve our open spaces.

The Process

Armed with paints and brushes,  I set up where I feel inspired.  Light, color, composition or nuance will catch my attention and rope me in.  Looking carefully, searching for my subject, trying to really see it; What am I feeling?  What am I trying to say?  So many things come into play…..  laying in the composition, values, color, all the while considering the design.  Pushing and pulling shapes, creating depth and atmosphere, developing the surface and edges, continually stepping back and questioning;  Is it working?  I am drawn into the process, into a creative reality where time stops but things take shape.  My paint becomes my voice, my painting my song.  Sometimes slightly out of key, but always a song from my soul.

The Pathway

Art has been a part of my life since I can remember.   My family encouraged my interest and I studied art and design throughout my education.   In the late 1990’s, I started painting en plein air.   Eager to learn, I attended workshops with Ray Roberts, Randall Sexton, Kevin McPherson, Matt Smith, Jean LeGassick, Michael Drury, John Comer, Marcia Burtt and am indebted to all of them for their invaluable instruction and encouragement.  I am honored to be member of the Plein Air Artists of the Central Coast (PACC), the Santa Barbara Art Association, SCAPE (Southern California Artists painting for the Environment) and the California Art Club.

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