Kerryann TorresBy Mastrius
“I started painting five years ago in Maui. Our dog passed away and I didn’t know how to paint but I thought, I’m going to try painting him. And then I couldn’t stop. Fifteen paintings later of this dog, my husband asks, ‘Have you tried anything else?!’”
“I envisioned this in someone’s home. They have friends over for dinner and could say, ‘Scan this.’ And the friends are taken to information on the sea levels rising or glaciers melting. And they can have a conversation.”
Kerryann moved on to painting their neighbour’s goats, then farm animals when they moved to Georgia, and took on the challenge of portraits after moving to the Sonoma Valley during the pandemic. “I didn’t know anyone; I was craving human contact so I started painting faces. Then after you get out into the public for a while, I was like, okay, I’m over humans.”
When Kerryann and her husband relocated to California, wildfires were in full force and climate change was hard to ignore. “I had to do something. I want people to stop and think when they look at my art and have a conversation.”
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Date: August 15, 2022