Featured artist Keri Ippolito presents her stunning portfolio. Find out more about this talented artist by visiting her website.
Right now I am finishing a commission and can’t wait to start playing in the studio and creating work for the coming season of fairs. I love creating with acrylic because the medium dries so fast that you can move really quickly from a blocking in stage to layering with glazes and adding and subtracting areas. I feel it is a medium that fits my personality and although I miss oils I can still use all that I learned.
Nature is my inspiration and I love remembering locations and recreating them with a lot of color and emotion. Two years ago the theme of my shows was memories of Ireland where I lived when I was about 5-6 years old and made trips back with my mother.
I have always loved drawing and for many years did portraits and then discovered Plein Aire painting and was always visiting my sisters’ farm in Illinois and with friends in Wisconsin. With either paper and watercolor or canvas and oils, whatever was at hand, I would be out of doors trying to document what I saw.
During this time I took a workshop with Rodger Bechtold who had studied with Wolf Kahn and he introduced me to “color equivalents”. This was life changing because he gave me permission to use any color in my work for grass, sky, and land that helped me to convey my emotions when viewing the scene in front of me and the only rule was that it be a “color equivalent “ meaning the same value.
Now I am also finding that with this unleashed love for color I am painting more abstractions and found that I can show them together under one tent and often hear people say that they thought they would never own an abstract but my works have changed their mind.