Artist Laurie Kersey loves the dramatic coastal landscape of the Monterey Peninsula that she and her artist husband, Brian Blood (www.brianblood.com), call home. For a painter, the West Coast offers a great deal of diversity, from sandy beaches and rocky coastlines to rolling farmland and golden hills dotted with oaks.
Currently, Kersey’s work includes the dramatic coastline and quiet countryside of California; elegant, traditional still lifes and florals; figures in quiet moments; and horses at work and play.
After an early education at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh and a 15 year career in commercial art, as an Art Director and Illustrator on the East Coast, she relocated to San Francisco and studied painting at the Academy of Art University. She later taught painting and drawing in the Fine Art Department at the Academy, as well as conducting private workshops near her home on the beautiful Monterey Peninsula.
Kersey’s love of horses blossomed after moving to California, and they have become one of her favorite subjects to paint. She rides hunter/jumpers when she’s not painting, and loves to gather reference around the stables.
Kersey has participated in gallery shows, national juried shows, and museum invitational shows, including the Greenhouse Gallery Salon International, California Art Club’s Gold Medal Exhibition, Scottsdale Salon of Fine Art, Cowgirl Up! Museum Invitational, Torrey Pines Plein Air Invitational, Maui Plein Air Invitational, and the Oil Painters of America’s National and Western Regional Exhibitions.
She has been honored with awards in the OPA National Juried Exhibition, Greenhouse Gallery Salon International, Carmel Art Festival, American Women Artists National Juried Exhibition, Hudson Valley Art Association National Juried Exhibition, Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters Plein Air Painting Festival, San Luis Obispo Plein Air Painting Festival, and Torrey Pines Plein Air Invitational. She has been featured in Southwest Art Magazine, Plein Air Magazine (now Fine Art Connoisseur), American Artist Magazine, USEF's Equestrian Magazine, Horses in Art Magazine, and has been a first place winner in the Artist’s Magazine’s annual competition.
Kersey is an Artist Member of the California Art Club and the American Impressionist Society, a Signature Member of the Oil Painters of America, and is represented by Jones & Terwilliger Galleries in Carmel and Palm Desert, CA, K Nathan Gallery in La Jolla, CA, Garden Gallery in Half Moon Bay, CA, and Fairmont Gallery in Sonoma, CA.