|Biography from ArtSanDiego:|
|Laurie Kersey, of Pebble Beach, California, was born on January 26,
1961 in Brandon, Manitoba, Canada. She is known for her plein-air
landscapes, Equestrian images and still life renditions.|
Kersey began her art
career at an early age including a long career of art shows at the
young age of 13, accompanying her mother, a skilled watercolorist, to
shows throughout Eastern Ohio. After graduating from high school
she was awarded a full scholarship at the Chataugua Institute in
Chataugua, New York. Her commercial art career began when she
enrolled at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania.
several years she worked as a layout artist at Project Merchandising in
Cleveland, and as a comprehensive Production Artist at Rainbow Grinder
in Pittsburgh. In 1985 she moved to the Outer Banks of North
Carolina. There she was employed as an Art Director/Illustrator
at Advertising Design Services in Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina.
1993 she moved to Sedona, Arizona and joined the Eaton Associates as an
Art Director/Illustrator. During her illustration career she
produced work for the National Park Services, Ramada Inns, Days Inns,
and Harlequin Books. As time went by she realized that fine art,
not commercial art, was where her heart was.
In 1997 she
enrolled at the Academy of Art in San Francisco with the intent of
pursuing a full time fine art career. After completion of her
studies she was offered a teaching position, which she maintains until
Kersey has exhibited widely throughout her
career. She has exhibited with the Hudson Valley Art Association,
California Art Club, Carmel Art Festival, Artist's Magazine's
Annual competition, American Women Artists, Oil Painters of America, to
name a few. She was recently (2002) named the "Best Landscape" artist
by Artist's Magazine for her plein air depiction of La Jolla
Cove. She has been an Honorable Mention winner at the Carmel Art
Festival, and recently at the 1st Annual San Luis Obispo Plein Air
Kersey is a member of the Oil Painters of America,
California Art Club, Hudson Valley Art Association, and the exclusive
Northern California Painters Group. She is represented by
Westbrook Galleries in Carmel, California; K. Nathan Gallery in La
Jolla, California, and others.
Exhibitions and Honors:
2014 - 3rd Place, Carmel Art Festival, for her work entitled "Beach Day", Carmel, California
2014 - Best Of Show, Central Coast Landscapes Exhibition, Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History, Pacific Grove, Ca.
2014 - Central Coast Landscapes Juried Exhibition, Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History, Pacific Grove, Ca.
2014 - California Art Club Gold Medal Exhibition, Pasadena, California.
2014 - Salon International, Greenhouse Gallery, San Antonio, Texas.
2013 - Honorable Mention, Oil Painters of America Fall Online Showcase, for oil entitled “Sunset on the Rocks
2013 - Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine Award Winner, 20th Annual Carmel Art Festival
2012 - 2nd Place, Bold Brush Painting Competition, July 2012, for "Dunes At Sunset"
2012 Carmel Art Festival, May 2012, "Best Local Artist" for the floral entitled "Rios Roses"
2012 Carmel Art Festival, Carmel, California - May
2012 California Art Club Gold Medal Exhibition, Pasadena, California
2012 Scottsdale Salon of Fine Art, Scottsdale, Arizona
2012 Salon International, Greenhouse Gallery, San Antonio, Texas
2011 18th Annual Carmel Art Festival, "2nd Place Overall", May 2011
2011 Scottsdale Salon of Fine Art, Legacy Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona
2011 6" Squared Exhibition, Randy Higbee Gallery, Costa Mesa, California
2011 - 18th Annual Carmel Art Festival, Carmel, California
2010 - Informed Collector Bold Brush Competition, "Finalist", December 2010.
2010 20th Annual Small Works Exhibit, Howard-Mandville Gallery, Kirkland, Washington
2010 Inside: Still Lifes and Interiors, Group Show, Michael Hollis Fine Art, Pasadena, Ca.
2010 2nd Place, Fine Art Views Online Exhibit, for her work Sunflowers & Daisies
2010 Wine Country Plein Air Invitational Exhibition, Fairmont Gallery, Sonoma, California
2010 "Honorable Mention", 17th Annual Carmel Art Festival, Carmel, California
2010 - "Seascape Award of Excellence" awarded at the Oil Painters of America National Juried Exhibition in Scottsdale, Arizona for Late Afternoon
2010 - 19th Annual Oil Painters of America National Juried Exhibition, Santa Fe, New Mexico
2010 - Salon International, Greenhouse Gallery, San Antonio, Texas
2010 - 17th Annual Carmel Art Festival, Carmel, California
2010 - 99th Annual California Art Club Gold Medal Exhibition, Pasadena Museum of Art, Pasadena, California
2010 - Landforms & Water - A Survey of the California Coastline, Rogers Gardens, Corona Del Sol, California
2009 Then & Now: Artists Exploring the Bay Area, Thomas Reynolds Gallery, San Francisco, California
2009 "Horse Heaven" in benefit of the Redwings Horse Sanctuary, Carmel, California
2009 "Vineyards and Wineries", Group Exhibition at Roger's Gardens, Orange County, California
2009 Carmel Art Festival, Best Local Artist Award for her work entitled Valley Overlook.
2009 Oil Painters of America National Exhibition, Sage Creek Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico
2009 Crocker Museum Annual Art Exhibit and Auction, Sacramento, California
2009 Carmel Art Festival, Carmel, California
2009 California Art Club 98th Annual Gold Medal Exhibition, Pasadena Museum of California Art
2009 Salon International, Greenhouse Gallery, San Antonio, Texas
Torrey Pines Plein Air Invitational, Lodge at Torrey Pines, La Jolla,
California;"Maurice Braun Award" for La Jolla Cove image entitled "A
2008 Academy of Art University Faculty & Alumni Fine Art Auction & Exhibition, San Francisco, California.
2008 San Luis Obispo Plein Air Festival: San Luis Obispo Art Center, San Luis Obispo, California
2008 Oil Painters of America Western Regional Exhibition, Devin Galleries, Coeur d' Alene, Idaho
2008 Wine Country Plein Air Invitational, Fairmont Gallery, Sonoma, California
2008 Group Plein Air Landscape Invitational Exhibition, I. Wolk Gallery, Yountville, California
2008 Garden Gallery Annual Landscape Exhibition, Half Moon Bay, California
2008 Carmel Art Festival "Honorable Mention" Award Winner
2008 Great American Landscape Exhibition, Waterhouse Gallery, Santa Barbara, California
2008 Crocker Art Museum Benefit Auction, Crocker Museum, Sacramento, California
2008 California Art Club Gold Medal Exhibition, Pasadena Museum of California Art
2008 Salon International Exhibition, Greenhouse Gallery, San Antonio, Texas
2008 Carmel Art Festival Plein Aire Exhibition, Carmel-California
2008 Academy of Art University Alumni Exhibition & Sale, San Francisco-California
2007 Carmel Art Festival Exhibition, Carmel-California
2007 California Art Club 96th Annual Gold Medal Exhibition, Pasadena Museum of California Art, April 30-May 20, 2007
2006 "American Art in Miniature", Gilcrease Museum, Tulsa, Oklahoma
"Plein Air Affair, 2006", Museum of Art and History, Santa Cruz,
California (Honorable Mention for "Spring Grazing", oil, 11 by 14
2006 Salon International, San Antonio, Texas
2006 California Art Club 95th Annual Gold Medal Exhibition, Pasadena Museum of California Art, April 2-23.
2006 Carmel Art Festival, May 18-21, Carmel, California
2005 Carmel Art Festival (Best Local Artist Award)
2005 Salon International, San Antonio, Texas (Honorable Mention for Excellence Award; Top 50 Award for "Cottonwoods")
2005 Tucson Plein Air Painting Festival, March 6-29, in conjunction with the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum
2004 San Luis Obispo Plein Air Art Festival, annual event, sponsored by the San Luis Obispo Art Center (Southwest Art Magazine Award recipient)
2004 Estes Park Plein Air Festival, sponsored by the Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters Association (Award of Excellence)
2004 Carmel Art Festival (Honorable Mention)
2004 Oil Painters of America National Exhibition
2003 Finalist, Artist Magazine Art Competition
2003 Full page article and images of her work in International Artists Magazine "How did I paint that:100 ways to paint still-lives and florals".
2003 San Luis Obispo Plein Air Festival, September 29-October 5.
2003 Estes Park Plein Air Exhibition
2003 Elected as artist member to the California Art Club
The Artist's Magazine Annual Art Competition (First Place Award, top
landscape, for "Morning At The Cove"; finalist in the still-life
2002 1st Annual San Luis Obispo Plein Air Painting Festival (Honorable Mention for "Room With A View")
2002 Top Landscape Artist, Artist's Magazine
Memberships / Organizations
Artist Member, California Art Club
Signature Member, Oil Painters of America
The Artist, Pitzer's of Carmel, ArtSanDiego Archives, Plein Air Scene Magazine
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