Featured Artist Sheila Kern

Artist Sheila Kern’s paintings tell stories, and transport the viewer into a world created by her imagination. Visit her website to see more of her art.

 

“Mare Tranquillitatis” Oil with Silver Leaf on Wood Panel, 18” x 24” by artist Sheila Kern. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Mare Tranquillitatis” Oil with Silver Leaf on Wood Panel, 18” x 24”

 

Growing up, I’ve always known I wanted to be an artist. I felt great when I painted. To me, it just made sense.

 

“The Labyrinth Painting” Oil and Gold Leaf on Linen, 48” x 60” by artist Sheila Kern. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“The Labyrinth Painting” Oil and Gold Leaf on Linen, 48” x 60”

 

When people ask me why there are certain things in my paintings, I often say that I don’t know; it’s just what I saw and it’s something I can’t describe. If I knew how to put it into words, I could tell or write about it, but to me it’s beyond words, so I paint it.

 

“My Throne is Upon a Column” Oil on Canvas, 16” x 20” by artist Sheila Kern. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“My Throne is Upon a Column” Oil on Canvas, 16” x 20”

 

I like to create paintings that draw you in, take you to another world or a better feeling place, maybe a new place you’ve been trying to get to all along but didn’t know until you stepped into it.

 

“Carol at Giverny, France” Oil on Canvas, 20” x 24” by artist Sheila Kern. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Carol at Giverny, France” Oil on Canvas, 20” x 24”

 

For almost twenty years I lived in Europe as an artist, mostly in Ireland and Paris. Being surrounded by the beauty of the places I lived in really fed my artistic soul.

 

“Shimmer” Oil and Gold Leaf on Canvas, 14” x 11” by artist Sheila Kern. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Shimmer” Oil and Gold Leaf on Canvas, 14” x 11”

 

While exploring the museums in France, I was fascinated by the Renaissance paintings with their imagery, allegory and symbolism. While in Paris, I learned techniques of oil glazing and layering that bring with it depth and saturation of color. These layers of vibrant colors feel alive to me, like they have the ability to breathe.

 

“Isabelle at Home in Paris” Oil on Linen, 20” x 24” by artist Sheila Kern. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Isabelle at Home in Paris” Oil on Linen, 20” x 24”

 

I have always done portraiture painting. Setting the scene to reflect the essence of the person I’m painting is as important to me as getting the features right. It’s about telling the story, making it beautiful to look at and making the subject feel good when they look at it.

 

“Portrait of T.K. Whitaker” Oil on Canvas, 24” x 36” by artist Sheila Kern. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Portrait of T.K. Whitaker” Oil on Canvas, 24” x 36”

 

When I’m painting, the cares of life grow strangely dim. Although I work with a lot of detail, I find I love it, and that it calms me. At the same time, I find that working on content and composition, and the contrast of what works and doesn’t work, can be a struggle for me.

 

“Frenchman on the Beach” Oil on Canvs, 16” x 16” by artist Sheila Kern. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Frenchman on the Beach” Oil on Canvs, 16” x 16”

 

There have been a few elaborate pieces that have taken me years to finish complete (I kept changing them—at times dramatically.) Sometimes I’ve had to paint over months of work because it just wasn’t right. These pieces change me. They have layers under them of painted-over images that are part of the structure of the paintings.

 

“The Key of Sea” Oil on Canvas, 20” x 26”by artist Sheila Kern. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“The Key of Sea” Oil on Canvas, 20” x 26”

 

Does the painting change my perspective, or has my perspective changed and then I change the painting? It seems I’m not painting the painting, but the painting is painting me.

 

“Sheila's Vision” Oil on Canvas, 22” x 26”by artist Sheila Kern. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Sheila’s Vision” Oil on Canvas, 22” x 26”

 

I love to create beautiful things because I feel great when I am creating them. Beauty is something that brings you to a better feeling place. I also like to make sense of things, and present my view of the world in ways that words can’t, through images and symbolism.

 

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Comments

  1. Ginney Leigh says:

    Sheila is amazing! Really among the best fine artists America has to offer. I have her originals and portraits in my home and I get comments on them every day. So glad to see you’ve incorporated her into your gallery

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