HANNIBAL | “Nothing has changed my whole way of doing art like this has,” said Hannibal artist Pat Kerns.
Kerns was commenting about her experiments with what was a new art form for her – mixing cold wax with her oil paints.
“I spent so many years dealing with realism,” Kerns said. “What I'm doing now is more abstract and centered around the colors I am using. I have done many, many pictures of clouds and sunsets, skies in general. In this case it was more about the color, even though most are landscapes and dealing with skies.”
When Kerns learned she was to be the featured February artist at the Alliance Art Gallery, 112 N. Main St. in Hannibal, she decided to have a theme, painting 30 pictures in 30 days. She enjoyed the challenge so much that she completed 33 pieces of art.
She donated the final one, No. 33, to be won in a drawing at her Feb. 8 opening reception at the Alliance Art Gallery during Second Saturday Gallery Night.
Beth Hinton was very happy to win this picture, which she decided could be a sunrise, because Kerns was her art teacher at Hannibal High School. Hinton added that she met her husband, David, in Kerns’ art class. Now Hinton is ready to begin teaching art next fall at Hannibal Middle School.
Kerns taught at both HHS and as an adjunct professor at Culver-Stockton College in Canton before retiring.
Now she co-teaches a six-week “Drawing Boot Camp” with local artist Patricia Garey, who has an art gallery in the Planters Barn Theater she shares with her husband, actor Richard Garey.
Their next art session will begin Tuesday, March 3, at Garey's art gallery and will continue on Tuesdays in March and April. This will be their second six-week session, and Kerns said they will do more. For details Kerns may be messaged on Facebook.
See photo gallery for more pictures of Kerns and her art.