A close and personal view of a Kereru or New Zealand Pigeon. It is a beautiful rendition of a specially protected bird that can be seen throughout New Zealand. Kerry Fenton-Johns recently finished this painting at her new home in Motueka.
Kerry paints in acrylic and oils and her works often reflect the changing landscapes and the beauty of New Zealand's natural history. Kerry paints mostly in a realistic style and that keeps her grounded. She is inspired by God's creation and is always keen to explore new ideas when it comes to the arts.
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.
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.
Her work is also re-produced on Wildside and Redbubble products including umbrellas, bags, scarves, tiles, sponga bags and t shirts which are sold through out New Zealand in retail outlets and online stores. In 2008 Kerry won the yellow art awards and a painting featured on the cover of the Otago phone book 149,000 were printed and in circulation for 12 months through out Otago.
Kerry's love for painting keeps growing as she teaches painting to art groups.