Kerry Fenton-Johns

From Motueka, Kerry is mostly self-taught but for two years studying art at Hagley Community College in 1991 to 1992. Kerry’s following has gathered momentum since 2002 when, encouraged by friends and family, she was driven to pursue a full-time career in art. Her works have sold to gallery owners and to private buyers in New Zealand and overseas.

She paints in acrylic and oils, her works reflect the changing landscapes and still life works often contain plants because she loves nature. Kerry paints mostly in a realistic style to calm her at times untamed imagination, realism keeps her grounded.

Kerry is fascinated with the contrast of light and dark and natures use of subtle tones, the softness and harshness of light vying for attention with shadows that taunt the clouds that race by. When painting landscapes, she is drawn in by the background of what lies beyond. Images of what might have gone before shape the intricate detail of what is tangible and glimpsed in a moment, but not easily forgotten.

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