Introducing Artist Kerry Steele. You may be familiar with Kerry through her blog site Design du Monde. I hope you enjoy the following interview and a glimpse into her world of gorgeous abstract art!
Kerry, when did you become interested in art and what drew you to painting?
I have always liked art and as a child I accompanied my grandmother to her painting and art history classes that she taught. I have actually always thought I was far better at drawing than painting and until last year, I had not picked up a brush in about 10 years! Mostly the impetus was wanting a few huge canvases to fill my walls. I bought some but I enjoyed the process of working out an abstract that was pleasing to me.
I have seen some of your amazing abstracts; how did you find a niche in that genre?
I was not exactly looking for a niche when I started because I was initially painting for myself. The best advice I have read is to paint what you love and for me the palettes have a lot to do with trends in Interior Design and Fashion and I think people respond to those colors.
I can understand that, with your background as an Interior Designer.
Kerry, where do you find the inspiration for your works of art?
I find inspiration in other art. Sometimes its a line that I find beautiful and use as a jumping off point or the colors in a landscape create a mood that I translate into an abstract.
What are some artists past or present that you admire?
De Kooning, Deibenkorn, Sally Benedict Read, Claire Desjardins are a few.
What Art Events are scheduled in the near future? Also, Kerry where can your works of art be purchased?
I exhibit in juried shows at the Fredericksburg Center for the Creative Arts in Fredericksburg, Virginia. My art can be purchased there or in my Etsy store, DesignDuMonde or someone may contact me directly about commissions or pieces not listed for sale.
Finally Kerry, as you are making your dreams come true, what advice do you have for the aspiring art of any age?
Painting what you love is only half the story. If you want other people to see your art it is never a good idea to play the pushy salesperson. Instead build genuine relationships with other artists, designers, collectors and they will come to you. Use social media judiciously.
Great thoughts Kerry, thank you so much!
If you would love to purchase a work of Kerry's art; she is offering a 15% off discount for the next 2 weeks. Use the Code ARTK2
I hope you will a comment of encouragement for Kerry! I so admire it when anyone takes the steps to go after their dreams!
Thank you to all of my friends and followers for supporting the arts!! What would life be like without it!
Art by Karena